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National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan Holds 4.5-Hour Meeting With His Chinese Counterpart

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan met with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Luxembourg on Monday for four and a half hours, expressing concern over what one official said were “aggressive actions” by Beijing towards Taiwan.

The meeting came amid worsening relations between the world’s two largest economies.

Over the weekend, China’s defense minister said the country was expanding its nuclear arsenal and would fight to prevent independence from Taiwan.

A senior Biden administration official characterized the meeting as “frank, substantive and productive.”

But the official said Sullivan warned China about his stance on Taiwan.

“The national security adviser reiterated our long-standing One China policy and our principles, positions and concerns about Beijing’s…aggressive actions across the Taiwan Strait,” they said.

The official also said that Sullivan also emphasized the need for open communications between the two nuclear powers and expressed concern that Beijing vetoed a push to impose further United Nations sanctions on North Korea.

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan

China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan met with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Luxembourg on Monday for four and a half hours, expressing concern over what one official said were “aggressive actions” by Beijing towards Taiwan.

Tensions have risen over the past year as China has stepped up its rhetoric about Taiwan and increased military flights around the self-governing island.

Tensions have risen over the past year as China has stepped up its rhetoric about Taiwan and increased military flights around the self-governing island.

The meeting came shortly after Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said China would fight to prevent Taiwan from declaring independence.

‘We will fight at all costs and we will fight to the end. This is the only option for China,’ he said at the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore.

Wei also defended his country’s expanding nuclear arsenal.

“China is developing nuclear capabilities at a moderate and appropriate level,” he said.

“That means being able to protect the security of our nation so that we can avoid the catastrophe of war, especially the catastrophe of nuclear war.”

Wei also urged Washington to “stop smearing and restraining China… stop interfering in China’s internal affairs and stop harming China’s interests.”

Tensions between Washington and Beijing have increased this year.

In May, President Joe Biden said the United States would respond militarily if China invaded the island of Taiwan. It was the third time he had taken that position, despite the fact that the assistants had tried to retract it.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, second from right, joined by National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, right, speak during the opening session of the US-China talks with the Chinese Communist Party's foreign affairs chief , Yang Jiechi, and Chinese State Councilor Wang Yi at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska, Thursday, March 18, 2021

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, second from right, joined by National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, right, speak during the opening session of the US-China talks with the Chinese Communist Party’s foreign affairs chief , Yang Jiechi, and Chinese State Councilor Wang Yi at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska, Thursday, March 18, 2021

A corvette is deployed during a readiness enhancement drill, amid escalating tensions between Taiwan and China, in Taiwan, January 2022

A corvette is deployed during a readiness enhancement drill, amid escalating tensions between Taiwan and China, in Taiwan, January 2022

US administrations have long adopted a policy of “strategic ambiguity,” refusing to say how far they would go to support Taiwan while making it clear they would help the island defend itself.

China has increased the number of military flights patrolling near Taiwan’s airspace.

Beijing claims the autonomous island as its own and has said it would take it by force if necessary.

Over the weekend, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin described China’s stance as “provocative” and “destabilizing.”

He said there has been an “alarming” increase in the number of unsafe and unprofessional encounters between Chinese planes and ships with those of other countries.

A Chinese fighter jet dangerously intercepted an Australian military surveillance plane in the South China Sea region in May and Canada’s military has accused Chinese fighter jets of harassing its patrol plane as they monitor Korea’s sanctions evasions. from North.

Chinese ally North Korea has mounted a series of missile tests in defiance of sanctions in 2022.

Chinese ally North Korea has mounted a series of missile tests in defiance of sanctions in 2022.

At Monday’s meeting, Sullivan also discussed North Korea with his counterpart.

Washington has warned that North Korea’s first nuclear test since 2017 could happen at any time.

Last month, China vetoed a US-led push at the United Nations for new sanctions against Pyongyang.

“Jake expressed concern, in particular, about the veto, which comes after a significant series of ballistic missile launches in violation of previous UN Security Council resolutions and preparations… for possible nuclear tests,” he said. the official.

“Each side laid out their positions and how we see the situation, and certainly Jake made it very clear that we think this is an area that the United States and China should be able to work on together.”

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