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MOFA thanks US state secretary for supporting cross-strait peace

The remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the importance of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait Feb. 16 in Munich are sincerely welcomed by the government and people of Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Feb. 17.
 
According to a statement released by the U.S. State Department, Blinken made the remarks during his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. His comments conveyed the same message expressed by U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan during his meeting with Wang last month in Bangkok.
 
The MOFA said Taiwan is committed to maintaining the cross-strait status quo to ensure regional peace and stability, while China has been ramping up provocations against neighboring countries.
 
Beijing’s attempts to escalate regional tension and change the status quo jeopardize the rules-based international order, the ministry said, calling on the global community to condemn China’s actions.
 
The MOFA also refuted Wang’s erroneous remarks claiming Taiwan as part of China and reiterated that the ROC (Taiwan) is a sovereign nation. Neither side of the strait is subordinate to the other, the ministry said, adding that this is an undeniable fact recognized by the global community.
 
Taiwan will continue to work with like-minded partners to safeguard the shared values of freedom and democracy while promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific, the ministry said. (SFC-E)
 
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