TOP CHINA DIPLOMAT URGES BIDEN: TREAD CAREFULLY ON TAIWAN
A top Chinese diplomat has urged the US to stop “crossing lines and playing with fire” on Taiwan as part of a series of warnings to President Joe Biden against meddling in Beijing’s affairs, Bloomberg News reported.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at his annual news briefing on Sunday there was “no room for compromise or concessions” in Beijing’s claim to sovereignty over the democratically-ruled island.
Wang’s response on Taiwan was one of several in which he hit out at the US for “willfully interfering in other countries’ internal affairs in the name of democracy and human rights.”
“It is important that the United States recognizes this as soon as possible,” Wang said on the sidelines of the National People’s Congress in Beijing.
“Otherwise, the world will remain far from tranquil,” bragging that “we are capable of thwarting the attempts of Taiwan independence in whatever form."
The Biden administration has pledged to put greater emphasis on human rights and building an allied response to China, even as it quiets down the anti-Chinese rhetoric of the Trump era.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week called dealings with China the defining test of the century, describing Washington’s intended approach to Beijing as “competitive when it should be, collaborative when it can be and adversarial when it must be.”