China warns US against including Taiwan in its Indo-Pacific plan

PRESS CONFERENCE. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during his online video link press conference during the National People's Congress at the media center in Beijing on May 24, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

BEIJING, Feb 22, 2022, Reuters. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken the United States should not include Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, in America’s Indo-Pacific strategy, Reuters reported.

Earlier this month, the United States said it would commit more diplomatic and security resources to the Indo-Pacific. Washington also said it would work with partners inside and outside the region to maintain peace and stability in the strait dividing Taiwan from China. read more

The attempt to include Taiwan in the strategy to contain China is sending all the “wrong signals”, Wang told Blinken on a phone call, according to a Chinese foreign ministry statement.

Still, China is willing to manage its differences with the United States and stabilise bilateral ties, Wang said.

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