Monday, 6 December, 2021
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China urges US to keep promises on Taiwan

China urges US to keep promises on Taiwan

BEIJING: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the United States not to “betray its promises” on Taiwan at a rare meeting on Sunday with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, as tensions run high over the island.

Months of simmering tensions spiked in October after President Joe Biden declared that the United States would defend Taiwan in the event of an attack by Beijing - a statement seemingly at odds with long-held American policy towards the self-ruling island, report agencies.

The White House quickly walked back Biden’s comments - insisting there has been no policy change - and both sides Sunday stressed the need to keep channels of communication open to avoid any dangerous souring of relations.