BLINKEN WARNS CHINA ON TAIWAN, RUSSIA ON MOVES VS UKRAINE
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned China against encroaching on Taiwan and blamed secrecy by the government in Beijing for helping to hasten the spread of COVID-19, Tom Schoenberg and Tony Czuczka reported for Bloomberg News.
In an interview with NBC News, Blinken voiced concern about tension fomented by Chinese “aggressive actions” in the Taiwan Strait and said the US stands by its commitments to ensure the island’s self-defense.
“It would be a serious mistake for anyone to try to change the existing status quo by force,” Blinken said on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, adding that he wouldn’t speculate about possible US responses.
He also stood by the US position that China is committing genocide against the Uighurs in Xinjiang, which is also known as East Turkistan,
Blinken also said he’s in contact with European allies about Russian troops deployed at Ukraine’s border, which he said were at the highest level since Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine in 2014.
President Joe Biden has made it clear that “if Russia acts recklessly, or aggressively, there will be costs, there will be consequences,” Blinken said.
Blinken will return to Brussels this week for more meetings with NATO and European officials, people familiar with the matter have said, as the US grows increasingly concerned about the troop movements. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will be in Brussels at the same time for talks with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, nick Wadhams also reported for Bloomberg News.