Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi are expected to meet on the sidelines of the annual United Nations summit in Bali . The Taiwan issue is quickly devolving into the greatest problem in China-U.S.
NEW YORK (New York) — As rising tensions show no signs of easing, the top US and Chinese diplomats meet in New York on Friday, but Beijing issued a new caution against backing Taiwan.Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi are expected to meet on the sidelines of the annual United Nations summit in Bali, their first meeting since extensive talks in July, when both sides remained optimistic for more stability.One month later, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi returned to Taiwan, infuriating Beijing, which carried out what seemed to be a trial run for an invasion of the self-governing democracy.In an interview on Sunday, President Joe Biden said he was able to intervene militarily if China uses force, breaking from decades of US confusion.Wang retoldened his displeasure with the United States' support for Taiwan, which China considers to be part of its territory, in a speech before his talks with Blinken.The Taiwan issue is quickly devolving into the greatest problem in China-U.S. ties.It is most likely to jeopardize bilateral relations if it is mishandled, according to the Asia Society think tank.China has the right to uphold the country's unification, as the US will not allow Hawaii to be withdrawn away, he said. The Biden administration, though cautious about her trip, reported that Congress is a separate branch of government.Wang was adamant about Biden, but he was diplomatic with him.The New York talks are supposed to set the tone for Biden and President Xi Jinping's first meeting since they were their two nations' leaders, most likely in Bali in November on the sidelines of a summit of the Group of 20 economic powers.Wang said that Biden and Xi are aiming to make the China-USA relationship work and to steer clear of conflict and conflict. Their leaders' political will for a healthy bilateral relationship has yet to be translated into concrete actions, he said.The US Congress is a stronghold of recognition for Taiwan, a vibrant democracy and a major technological power.Last week, a Senate committee took the first step toward giving billions of dollars in arms directly to Taiwan to deter China, a step up from decades of only selling weapons requested by Taipei.Tensions have also erupted over human rights, with the United States accusing the communist state of coercion against the predominantly Muslim Uyghur populations. The United States' attention was now diverted to Europe by Russia's invasion in February, as well as increased concerns that Beijing could carry out years of threats to use force on Taiwan.Nevertheless, US officials have been encouraged by the fact that China has shown a bit of distance from Russia, which is effectively its close ally.President Vladimir Putin told Xi at a meeting last week that he understood Chinas concerns about Ukraine, while Wang, in a special Security Council session on Thursday, stressed the importance of ending the conflict rather than supporting Russia.Blinken and his Japanese counterparts met together on Thursday, in keeping with the Biden administrations' emphasis on allies, and then immediately before he meets with Wang, the so-called Quad with Australia, India, and Japan is scheduled to begin.