China warns US will ‘face unbearable price’ on Taiwan

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Beijing (AFP) – The Chinese Foreign Minister said Thursday that the United States would face an “unbearable price” for its actions towards the autonomous island of Taiwan, in the latest threat from Beijing to the island of the flashpoint.

Tensions between China and the United States have soared in recent years over issues such as human rights, trade and technology competition, with Taiwan becoming a major flashpoint.

China claims the democratic island of Taiwan as its own territory and has pledged to seize it one day by force if necessary.

Although most countries have chosen to officially recognize Beijing rather than Taipei, many have retained strong unofficial ties with the latter, to which China bristles.

In an interview with public broadcaster CCTV and the state-run Xinhua News Agency on Thursday, Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned that Washington’s interference could lead to a dangerous situation.

“The United States broke promises made when China and the United States established diplomatic relations, tolerated and encouraged the forces of” Taiwan independence “, and attempted to distort and empty the principle of ‘one China,’ said Wang Yi.

“This will not only put Taiwan in an extremely dangerous situation, but also face the United States at an unbearable price.”

In a snub to China, the United States invited Taiwan to its democracy summit earlier this month.

Last month US President Joe Biden called Taiwan “independent” – but then clarified his words, confirming that there had been no change in US policy towards Taiwan.

Under Taiwan Law, the United States does not recognize Taiwan’s independence, but pledges to help the island defend itself.

Beijing regards any formal declaration of an “independent” Taiwan as a provocation and has repeatedly threatened consequences for countries that support Taipei in its self-determination.

In recent months, the Chinese military has staged a series of increasingly aggressive military sea and air operations near the island, conducting military exercises near the Taiwan Strait following a group visit. of US lawmakers last month.

In recent years, China has stepped up the pressure to isolate Taiwan internationally.

Earlier this month, Nicaragua transferred its diplomatic allegiance to China in a blow to Taiwan, which now has just 14 allies around the world.

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