US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will meet with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Friday in New York, amid high tensions over the Taiwan issue.
Blinken and Wang will meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The State Department said this was part of Washington’s ongoing efforts to “maintain open lines of communication and manage competition responsibly.”
The meeting comes days after Biden said that “US forces will defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion,” prompting an angry reaction from China, which said it had sent the wrong signal to those seeking independence for Taiwan.
Earlier this week, Wang met with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the architect of US relations with communist China, and said “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan is China’s ambition.
However, he said the prospect of a peaceful solution had diminished due to the growing “infession” of Taiwanese independence sentiment and invoked the Chinese proverb, “It is better to lose a thousand soldiers than an inch of land.”
“This is the will and determination of the Chinese people,” he said, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.