The US Secretary of State says China’s cessation of cooperation in key areas would punish the world, not just Washington.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has accused China of taking “irresponsible steps” by cutting off key channels of communication with Washington, saying Beijing’s retaliation against Taiwan showed China had moved from prioritizing peaceful resolutions to using violence.
Blinken’s comments on Saturday came as Chinese military planes and warships continued to mimic an attack on Taiwan, officials in Taipei said, as part of a series of steps Beijing took after a visit to democracy on the island by the US president. House, Nancy Pelosi, earlier this week. .
China’s retaliation by halting bilateral processes in eight key areas, including defense, drug control, cross-border crime and climate change, were measures that would punish the world, not just the United States, Blinken told a news conference in Manila.
“This includes several military-to-military channels, which are vital to avoid miscommunication and avert crises,” Blinken said.
Suspending climate cooperation doesn’t punish the United States, it punishes the world, especially developing countries. We are not allowed to co-operate with hostages in matters of global importance because of differences between our two countries,” he said.
Tackling climate change has been an important area of collaboration between the two superpowers who are also the two largest emitters of greenhouse gases.
Blinken said the US had heard concerns from allies in recent days about what he called China’s dangerous and destabilizing actions around Taiwan, but that Washington would remain steadfast in handling the situation.
The foreign minister also said he had informed the Chinese foreign minister that the US was determined to keep communication channels open to avoid miscalculations.
“So let me be clear, the United States does not believe it is in the interest of Taiwan, the region or our own national security to escalate the situation,” he said.
“We are keeping our channels of communication with China open, aiming to avoid escalation due to misunderstanding or miscommunication.”
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi accused Blinken on Saturday of “speaking untruth” about China.
“We want to warn the United States: don’t act hastily, don’t create a bigger crisis,” Wang said.