China wants to ‘speed up’ its seizure of Taiwan, says US | worldnews

According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Beijing is attempting to “speed up” the capture of the island, weakening the long-standing status quo that has prevented confrontation between the two countries over Taiwan.

Blinken said during an interview at Bloomberg’s headquarters in Washington on Wednesday that “what’s changed is this — a determination by the leadership in Beijing that the status quo was no longer acceptable, that they intended to speed up the process by which they would achieve reunification.”

In order to hasten reunification, Blinken added, “they also, I believe, took judgments about how they would achieve it, including applying greater pressure on Taiwan, coercion — making life unpleasant in a number of ways on Taiwan.”

The senior US diplomat’s most recent criticism of China over Taiwan builds on Blinken’s assertion from the previous week that China may annex Taiwan on a “far quicker timeframe” than previously believed. Given the focus on statements made by top US officials on the possibility of a potential Chinese invasion of Taiwan, such remarks generated a stir.

Blinken’s most recent complaint, which is a part of a larger verbal exchange between Washington and Beijing, was made just after China’s twice-decade Communist Party meeting, during which Xi Jinping strengthened his hold on power.

China and Taiwan play down the possibility of an invasion happening soon. China’s ambassador to the US, Qin Gang, said that claims Beijing had accelerated plans for a strike were “baseless” at a discussion with media in August. In February, representatives from Taipei said that the People’s Liberation Army still lacked the essential skills.

When questioned about Xi’s power play in Beijing, Blinken said that rather than attempting to change China’s internal dynamics, the US was concentrating on how to build the global order surrounding China by bolstering alliances with allies.

According to Blinken, China will make these decisions, and we have no power to change them. We won’t take any action to change the atmosphere at home. However, we have some control over the outside circumstances that actively shape China’s foreign policy.

A Chinese envoy underlined China’s goal to someday “reunify” Taiwan with the mainland on Wednesday.

During a regular news conference in Beijing, Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said that “we are closer than ever in history—and we are more confident and capable than before—of completing national rejuvenation.” In the same way, we are now more confident and able than ever before to bring the whole country back together.

The greatest flashpoint and most potential area of confrontation between the US and China are still Taiwan. When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi disregarded Beijing’s warnings and visited the island in August, tensions over the island drastically increased.

The US sends the island, which China claims, billions of dollars worth of cutting-edge armaments. In contrast to his predecessors, President Joe Biden is now more clear about US intentions to defend the island in the event of a Chinese attack.

Everyone has a very strong stake in making it clear to all sides, starting with Beijing, that the world does not want to see any form of crisis concerning Taiwan or disruption and that these problems need to be resolved peacefully, according to Blinken.

In a broader sense, Blinken said that the US and China were now openly engaged in a race to influence world events, with Beijing opposing the US and promoting an “illiberal” global order.

“We don’t look for conflict. We do not want a new Cold-War. We’re not trying to contain or constrain China, Blinken said. But we’re as committed to defending our beliefs as our objectives. And once again, this supports the long-held conviction that these disputes must be addressed and concluded peacefully when it comes to Taiwan.

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