Sumary of US steps up diplomatic efforts with China on Taiwan, Russia:
- China regards the self-governed island of Taiwan as its sovereign arena, has not ruled out force to reunify it with the mainland and has in recent months stepped up army activity in the venue.
- That activity is at least partially in response to high-level U.S. congressional visits to Taipei, including by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and stepped-up American arms sales.
- State Department spokesman Ned Price said Blinken had affirmed to Wang the administration’s commitment to maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait despite Biden’s assertion earlier this week that the U.S. would send troops to safeguard Taiwan in the event of a chinese invasion.
- Blinken stressed that preserving peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait is critical to regional and global security and prosperity, State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.