Blinken Says Any Step China Take To Invade Taiwan Will Have “Terrible Consequences”

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (Reuters) – Any move by China to invade Taiwan would have “dire consequences,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday, adding that he hoped the Chinese leadership would think very carefully about “not a crisis.” to trigger “. the cross strait.

Blinken said at the Reuters Next conference that China has tried to change the status quo of self-governing Taiwan that Beijing claims as its territory, and that the United States is “determined” to ensure the island has the means to it To defend.

“But here, too, I hope that China’s leadership thinks about it very carefully and does not create a crisis that I believe would have dire consequences for many people and that is of no interest to anyone, starting with China,” said Blinken.

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When asked specifically whether the United States could undertake to deploy military forces in the event of an invasion, Blinken said: “For many years we have made it very clear and consistent that we are committed to ensuring that Taiwan has the means of defense has itself and … we will continue to honor this obligation. “

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to a press conference during a Ministerial Council meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Stockholm, Sweden, December 2, 2021. Jonathan Nackstrand / Pool via REUTERS

The administration of US President Joe Biden has tried to give Taiwan more space in the international system, while Beijing’s military and diplomatic coercive efforts allegedly isolate the democratically ruled island.

Biden caused a stir in October when he said that the United States, which was required by a 1979 law to provide Taiwan with self-defense, would come to Taiwan’s defense if China were to attack.

His remarks appeared to deviate from longstanding US policy of “strategic ambiguity” towards Taiwan as to how Washington would react to such a scenario. The White House said Biden was signaling no change in US policy towards Taiwan, and some analysts dismissed his comments as a faux pas.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has vowed to defend the island, saying that only her people can decide its future.

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Reporting by Alessandra Galloni, David Brunnstrom, Michael Martina, Humeyra Pamuk and Simon Lewis; Adaptation by Jonathan Oatis

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