China Demands U.S. Cease Trade Talks With Taiwan
China’s government on Thursday accused Washington of jeopardizing peace after US envoys began trade talks with Taiwan aimed at deepening relations with the self-ruled island democracy claimed by Beijing, Joe McDonald reported for Associated Press (AP).
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Talks that started Wednesday cover trade, regulation, and other areas based on “shared values” as market-oriented economies, according to the Office of the US Trade Representative.
It did not mention China but the talks add to gestures that show US support for Taiwan amid menacing behavior by Beijing, which threatens to invade. Taiwan is the ninth-largest US trading partner and an important manufacturing center for computer chips and other high-tech products.
President Joe Biden said May 23 while visiting Tokyo that the US would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan. He said the US commitment to help the island defend itself was “even stronger” following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
On Tuesday, US Senator Tammy Duckworth met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and expressed support for the island during her second visit in a year to Taiwan.
On Monday, China sent 30 military aircraft toward Taiwan in the latest of a series of flights aimed at intimidating the island’s democratically elected government. Taiwan’s defense ministry said it sent up fighter planes and put air defense missile systems on alert.
Trade dialogues “disrupt peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” said a foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian. He called on Washington to “stop negotiating agreements with Taiwan that have sovereign connotations and official nature.”