US warns China against aiding Russia’s war in Ukraine

Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi against granting Beijing support to Russia in connection with the invasion of Ukraine, during a meeting on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

China maintains close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin but has not explicitly approved the invasion and has avoided taking actions that would directly position itself as a violation of US-led global sanctions against Russia.

Blinken” reiterated the United States’ condemnation of Russia’s war against Ukraine and emphasized the implications if the PRC [People’s Republic of China] were to lend support to Moscow’s invasion of a sovereign state,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in the statement.

“He underlined that the United States remains open to cooperation with the PRC where our interests intersect.”

Blinken stressed the need for the US to maintain open lines of communication with Beijing to escalate tensions, Price said in the statement.

The meeting came amid heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing following President Biden’s comments in an interview published Sunday that the US would defend Taiwan if China decided to invade.

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“[Blinken] stressed the United States’ commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, consistent with our long-standing One-China policy,” Price said.

“The secretary stressed that preserving peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait is critical to regional and global security and prosperity.”

The US stance on Taiwan and Biden’s statements that US troops would defend the democratic island, which have been issued repeatedly, have enraged the Chinese, who view the island as a rogue territory that will eventually unite with the mainland.

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Relations between Washington and Beijing have deteriorated further due to a host of security, military, geopolitical, economic and environmental issues.

Blinken last met Wang on July 9 in Bali, Indonesia, after a meeting of a group of 20 foreign ministers, where the two top diplomats emphasized the need to maintain communication on the most thorny issues.

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