China accuses Blinken of ‘smearing’ country after he cleaned up Biden’s Taiwan comments
China hit out against Sec. of State Antony Blinken’s bold address Thursday that called it a threat unlike any other, accusing the secretary of ‘smearing’ China.
The secretary’s speech ‘spreads false information, exaggerates the China threat, interferes in China’s internal affairs and smears China’s domestic and foreign policies,’ Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters Friday.
Wang said that China ‘firmly opposed’ the speech and said it proved Washington is looking to ‘contain and suppress China’s development and maintain US hegemony and power.’
Sec. Blinken’s speech speech ‘spreads false information, exaggerates the China threat, interferes in China’s internal affairs and smears China’s domestic and foreign policies,’ Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, above, told reporters Friday
Blinken issued a stark warning Thursday morning that the threat of China will ‘test U.S. diplomacy like nothing we’ve ever seen before’ – but insisted America does not want another Cold War and does not support Taiwan independence.
He also said in the speech at George Washington University that China’s cooperation with Vladimir Putin after his invasion of Ukraine ‘raises alarm bells’, Beijing under Xi Jinping has ‘more repressive at home and more aggressive abroad’ and accused the communist party of trying to undermine global order.
Blinken laid out the Biden administration’s policy towards China after the president raised eyebrows by saying the U.S. would get involved ‘militarily’ if there was an invasion of Taiwan.
It marked what seemed to be a more aggressive stance towards defending Taiwan and the ‘One China’ that the U.S. has recognized since the Cold War.
The Secretary of State said U.S. approach to Taiwan has not changed to decades and does not support independence.
Sec. of State Antony Blinken issued a stark warning Thursday morning that the threat of China will ‘test U.S. diplomacy like nothing we’ve ever seen before’ – but insisted America does not want another Cold War and does not support Taiwan independence
However he did say that he opposes any chances to the ‘unilateral status quo’ and said China is engaged in ‘increasingly provocative’ rhetoric and activity’ related to Taiwan.
‘On Taiwan: Our approach has been consistent across decades and administrations. As the President has said, our policy has not changed, he said.
‘The United States remains committed to our One China Policy … we do not support Taiwan independence.’
‘China is the only country with both the intent to reshape the international order – and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to do it,’ Blinken said in a speech at George Washington University outlining U.S.-China policy.
‘Beijing’s vision would move us away from the universal values that have sustained so much of the world’s progress over the past 75 years,’ Blinken added. ‘But we will defend and strengthen the international law, agreements, principles, and institutions that maintain peace and security, protect the rights of individuals and … nations, and make it possible for all countries..to coexist.’
‘We must defend and reform rules-based international order,’ Blinken said. ‘The foundations of the international order are under serious and sustained challenge.’
‘Under President Xi, China has become more repressive at home and more aggressive abroad.’
The secretary underscored that the U.S. was focused on international order, and not sparking up a new Cold War.
‘We aren’t looking for conflict or a new Cold War. To the contrary, we’re determined to avoid both,’ he said. But, he added, ‘We cannot rely on Beijing to change its trajectory.’
‘China is also integral to global economy. Put simply, the United States and China have to deal with each other for the foreseeable future.’
He also said in the speech at George Washington University that China’s cooperation with Vladimir Putin after his invasion of Ukraine ‘raises alarm bells’, Beijing under Xi Jinping has ‘more repressive at home and more aggressive abroad’ and accused the communist party of trying to undermine global order
Blinken also brought up the detention camps in the Xinjiang region, and accused Tibet and Hong Kong of violating the UN charter and human rights declaration by their actions in Tibet and Hong Kong.
‘The U.S. stands with countries and people around the world against the genocide and crimes against humanity happening in the Xinjiang region, where more than a million people have been placed in detention camps because of their ethnic and religious identity,’ he said.
He also said China is ‘taking advantage of the openness of our economies to spy to hack to steal technology and know how to advance its military innovation and entrench its surveillance state.’
Tensions have soared between Beijing and Taiwan, and last week as Biden traveled to Asia to bolster Indo-Pacific alliances China conducted military drills in the disputed South China Sea as a show of force.
China also flew a pair of long-range nuclear-capable H-6 bombers through the area on Wednesday, Chinese media reports said.
Biden’s visit to the Asian came amid escalated tensions with both China and North Korea. In addition to meeting with world leaders, Biden met with executives at a microchip facility. Both China and Taiwan have dominance over the microchip market. If China were to invade Taiwan, it could cut off U.S. supply to the chips that are used in electric vehicles, TVs, and other every day electronics.
Taiwan has come under increasing risk of a Chinese invasion as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is thought to be taking notes from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
‘Beijing’s defense of President Putin’s war to erase Ukraine’s sovereignty and secure a sphere of influence in Europe should raise alarm bells for all of us who call the Indo-Pacific region home,’ Blinken said on Thursday. ‘This is a charged moment for the world.’
In an alarming move earlier last month, China’s regulators held an emergency meeting on April 22 between officials from China’s central bank, the finance ministry, domestic banks operating within China, and international lenders such as HSBC.
The West’s harsh economic sanctions on Russia prompted the emergency meeting, with the Ministry of Finance stating that President Xi’s administration had been put on alert by the surprise dollar freeze.
Last week in Japan Biden affirmed he would be willing to get involved militarily if China invaded Taiwan – drawing parallels between that threat and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine during a press conference Monday in Tokyo.
‘Yes,’ Biden said. ‘That’s a commitment we made,’ Biden responded when asked about the hot button diplomatic issue.
Biden reiterated that the United States agrees to the so-called ‘One China’ policy – that only the People’s Republic of China is ‘China,’ thus the U.S.’s diplomatic relationship with Taiwan is unofficial.
‘But the idea that it can be taken by force, just taken by force, is just not appropriate,’ Biden said. ‘It will dislocate the entire region and be another action similar to what happened in Ukraine.’
Additionally, Biden said: ‘My expectation is it will not happen, it will not be attempted.’
But he condemned military exercises China was conducting. ‘They’re already flirting with danger right now by flying so close and all the maneuvers that are undertaken,’ the president said.
A White House official asked to clarify the comment homed in on Biden’s ‘One China’ policy remark.
‘As the President said, our policy has not changed. He reiterated our One China Policy and our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. He also reiterated our commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend itself.’
Blinken condemned military exercises China was conducting. ‘They’re already flirting with danger right now by flying so close and all the maneuvers that are undertaken,’ the president said’. A Chinese guided-missile destroyer takes part in exercises in the South China Sea in October 2021
Biden was asked at the very end of a press conference, held at Tokyo’s Akasaka Palace: ‘You didn’t want to get involved in the Ukraine conflict militarily for obvious reasons. Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan, if it comes to that?’ – to which the president answered in the affirmative.
In response, China’s foreign ministry told Reuters that the U.S. should not defend Taiwan’s independence.
China blasted Biden’s comments, with Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin expressing ‘strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition.’
‘China has no room for compromise or concessions on issues involving China´s core interests such as sovereignty and territorial integrity,’ he said.
The U.S. is providing billions worth of weapons and aid to Ukraine, but Biden has steadfastly refused to get Americans involved in the fighting.
The U.S. already provides fighter jets and Patriot missiles to Taiwan, but official policy is deliberately ambiguous in keeping with the ‘one China’ policy Biden referenced.
‘Our policy toward Taiwan has not changed at all. We remain committed to supporting the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and ensuring that there is no unilateral change in the status quo,’ Biden said minutes before.
Earlier this month the State Department dramatically shifted its language toward Taiwan in a summary on its webpage, again prompting Chinese ire. The new summary touts the U.S.’s ‘robust unofficial relationship’ with Taiwan, while striking the previously included line: ‘The U.S. does not support Taiwan independence.’
The White House had to clean up Biden comments last year that also stated a ‘commitment’ to come to Taiwan’s aid.
Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in October following the comment: ‘There has been no shift. The president was not announcing any change in our policy, nor has he made a decision to change our policy. There is no change in our policy.’
President Joe Biden (center left) was peppered with questions about his Taiwan comments Tuesday as he participated in the Quad Fellowship Announcement alongside (from left) Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi