(TargetLiberty.org) – On Monday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that the U.S. did not support Taiwan gaining its independence but rather supported the “One China.”
Blinken during a press conference after a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping stated that they continue to be opposed to any change in the current status quo from either side and that they are committed to ensuring that the U.S. is committed to following the Taiwan Relations Act and helping Taiwan have the necessary resources to defend itself.
In the press conference he also noted that while they expect that the situation in the cross-strait will remain peaceful, the actions taken by China since 2016 have often been concerning and provocative. He added that this is a concern not just for the U.S. but also for many other countries who are worried about how the situation in Taiwan might affect the economic crisis and the rest of the world, especially as “50 percent of commercial container traffic” passes daily through the Taiwan Strait.
As he pointed out, Taiwan is also incredibly important in the supply lines as 70 percent of semiconductors are manufactured there, which means that a conflict in the region could affect every country in the world.
Tensions in the region between Taiwan and China continue to rise as last week, Taiwan’s air force sent fighter jets after 10 Chinese aircraft crossed into the Taiwan Strait for the second time in a few days. This month there was also an incident between a Chinese navy ship and an American destroyer in the Taiwan Strait.
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