Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stressed during his talks with US Presidential Assistant for National Security Jake Sullivan that the Taiwan issue remains a red line in relations between Washington and Beijing that cannot be crossed.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s website quoted the minister as saying: “The Taiwan issue is a major red line in Sino-US relations that cannot be crossed. The United States must abide by the three Sino-US joint communiques and fulfill its commitment not to support Taiwan independence.”
Wang Yi also stressed that “China’s development has great momentum and follows an inevitable historical logic. For this reason, it cannot be stopped, and the Chinese people cannot be deprived of their legitimate right to development.”
It should be noted that the two parties agreed to continue implementing the consensus reached by the leaders of the People’s Republic of China and the United States in Bali, maintain high-level exchanges between the two countries and conduct bilateral consultations on affairs of the Asia-Pacific region.
Taiwan has been under its own administration since 1949, when the remnants of the Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek fled to the island after their defeat in the Chinese Civil War.
Since then, Taiwan has retained the flag of the former Republic of China and some other features that were present on the mainland before the Communists came to power, and Beijing considers Taiwan a province of the People’s Republic of China.
The United States broke off diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1979 and established them with the People’s Republic of China. Despite its recognition of the “one China” policy, Washington continues to maintain its contacts with the Taipei administration and supplies the island with weapons.
The White House announced on Sunday that US Assistant to the President for National Security Jake Sullivan and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi discussed in Malta on September 16 and 17 the possibility of holding a meeting between Biden and Xi Jinping.
Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley also affirmed continued support for bilateral agreements with Taiwan, including those related to guarantees, indicating that his country is capable of averting any potential attack that might be launched on Taiwan.