US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says China should not hold hostage talks on major global issues . China cut off contact with Washington in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosis visit to Taiwan .
MANILA, December 8 (Aug. ): After Beijing cut off contact with Washington in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosis' visit to Taiwan earlier this week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday that China should not hold hostage talks on major global issues such as the climate crisis.After meeting newly elected President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and other top officials in Manila, Blinken spoke in an online news conference with his Philippine counterpart as relations between Washington and Beijing plummeted to their lowest level in years.China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory to be annexed with force if necessary, was enraged by Pelosis' visit to the self-governed island.China conducted military exercises off Taiwan's coasts on Thursday and suspended contact with the US on key topics, including military issues and critical climate cooperation, as punishments for Pelosis' visit.Others are rightfully demanding that we continue to work on issues that affect their lives and livelihoods as well as our own.China shuts down contact with the US without punishing it, he referred to the climate change cooperation as a critical problem.Blinken said that China's launch of ballistic missiles that landed in waters surrounding Taiwan was a risky and destabilizing move, and that the world's largest carbon emitter is now refusing to engage in combating the climate crisis.The whole region is affected by what happens to the Taiwan Strait. China has closed military-to-military channels, which are essential for avoiding miscommunication and avoiding crises, as well as cooperation on transnational crimes and counter-narcotics, which help keep people in the United States, China, and elsewhere safe, according to he.Blinken said that despite China's actions, he told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Friday in Cambodia, where they attended an annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, that the US did not want to escalate the situation.We try to deescalate those tensions, and we agree dialogues are a very important part of it, he said, adding that the US will keep our communications with China open in the hopes of avoiding escalation due to misunderstanding or miscommunication.Following a landslide victory in the presidential race, Blinken is the highest ranking American official to visit the Philippines. According to a transcript issued by the presidential palace, Marcos Jr. said that it only demonstrated how high the war has been.This only shows how volatile the international diplomatic scene isn't restricted to the region, he said.Marcos Jr. praised the close ties between Manila and Washington, which are treaty allies, and the United States' support to the Philippines over the years.Washington reaffirmed its commitment to the 1951 Mutual Defense Agreement with the Philippines and your willingness to work with you on common challenges. He referred to the Philippines as a immortal friend, and he told the president that an armed assault on Filipino forces, public ships, or aircraft in the South China Sea would violate US mutual defense obligations.Blinken arrived in Manila on Friday night after attending the ASEAN meetings in Cambodia, where he was accompanied by his Chinese and Russian counterparts.As China ran war drills in Taiwan and pressed against the US, foreign ministers from ASEAN feared that the situation would destabilize the region and result in miscalculation, grave conflict, and unpredictable consequences among major powers.Blinken was also supposed to fly out Saturday night to visit a vaccination clinic and meet with organizations that help combat coronavirus outbreaks in Manila, then attend a clean energy festival and meet US Embassy staff. Sen. Risa Hontiveros, an opposition senator, rebuked Huangs' remarks, saying that his country would not pontificate on such policies, particularly because it stubbornly and steadfastly refuses to recognize a decision made by an international arbitral tribunal and ignores and flouts international law in the West Philippine Sea when it suits her best.Hontiveros refered to an arbitration decision on a Philippine lawsuit in 2016 that invalidated China's vast territorial claims in the troubled South China Sea.For the disputed waters, she used the Philippine name.China has branded this ruling, which was accepted by the United States and Western allies, a sham and continues to defy it.