As Taiwan tensions increase, US and Chinese foreign ministers will meet.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will speak with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi . Meeting part of attempts to maintain open lines of communication and manage competition efficiently .

NEW YORK (New York) – Following a trip to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a joint pledge by US President Joe Biden to protect the Chinese-claimed island, senior diplomats from the US and China will meet on Friday.On the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will speak with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi in New York.It was part of Washington's ongoing attempts to maintain open lines of communication and manage competition efficiently, according to the State Department.Days after Biden said that US forces would protect Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, China responded in anger, saying that it sent the wrong message to those seeking an independent Taiwan.

His remarks were also the most explicit to date about sending US troops to protect the island, despite the White House's assertion that its Taiwan policy had not changed.Chinas leader Xi Jinping warned about Taiwan in a phone call with Biden in July, claiming that those who play with fire will perish by it.China launched scores of planes and launched live missiles near the island after a Pelosis solidarity tour in Taipei early last month.Taiwan is regarded as one of China's provinces by China as democratically governed.

Taiwan's democratically elected government is wary of China's claims to sovereignty, saying that only the islands' 23 million inhabitants can dictate the country's destiny.Wang met with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the nascent master of US-Communist China, earlier this week, and said China's aspiration was to see a peaceful reunion with Taiwan.Nevertheless, he said that the chances of a peaceful settlement were being stifled by the increasing Taiwanese independence sentiment, citing a Chinese proverb: It is better to lose a thousand soldiers than an inch of land.According to Chinas foreign ministry, this is the Chinese people's will and determination.