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Beijing warns Washington against crossing ‘red lines’

Negative factors in US-China relations are increasing, the country’s foreign minister has told his American counterpart

The US is challenging China’s core interests and suppressing the country’s development, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated on Friday during talks with his US counterpart, Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The “giant ship” of China-US ties had stabilized, “but negative factors in the relationship are still increasing and building,” Wang Yi said during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.

Blinken arrived in Beijing on Thursday from Shanghai, where he urged the Chinese government to provide a level playing field for US firms in the country. It’s not yet clear if the Secretary of State is going to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping before his departure.

Bilateral ties face “all kinds of disruptions. China’s legitimate development rights have been unreasonably suppressed and our core interests are facing challenges,” Wang Yi stressed.

Beijing and Washington could either engage in cooperation or confrontation, the foreign minister warned.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (C), US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns (R) and Consul General at the US Consulate General on April 25, 2024.
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China is interested in “stable, healthy, and sustainable” relations and “win-win cooperation” with the US, he pointed out.

But in order for it to continue, Washington should not interfere in Chinese internal affairs or cross Beijing’s ‘red lines’ when it comes to China’s sovereignty, security and development, he stressed.

The foreign minister was apparently referring to the tensions around Taiwan, which Beijing views as a Chinese province. Despite agreeing with the ‘One China’ policy on paper, the US maintains ties with the self-governed island and supplies Taipei with weapons.

Blinken told Wang Yi that “there’s no substitute in our judgment for face-to-face diplomacy” between the two countries. The administration of US President Joe Biden wants to ensure that “we’re as clear as possible about the areas where we have differences, at the very least to avoid misunderstandings, to avoid miscalculations,” he said.

Ahead of Blinken’s trip, US State Department officials indicated that China’s alleged support for Russia amid the conflict in Ukraine will top the agenda during his meetings with Chinese officials. Beijing hasn’t supplied any weapons to Moscow, but US officials claim that Chinese-made circuitry, aircraft parts and machine tools have been helping Russia boost its military industrial capacity.

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The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week, citing informed sources, that the US authorities are preparing sanctions that would not only target Chinese companies, but would also cut off some of the country’s banks from the global financial system.

April 26, 2024 at 01:14PM

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