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US intervention in the South China Sea angers China

A Chinese diplomat revealed today that his country opposes American intervention in the South China Sea issue, and that its determination to defend its legitimate rights is unwavering.
Chinese television quoted an official in the North America and Oceania Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, prior to the visit of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to China, saying that “China strongly opposes American interference in the South China Sea issue and incitement to hostility between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).” .
The Chinese diplomat added that “China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights cannot be violated, and China’s determination and will to defend its legitimate rights are unwavering.”
Regarding the Taiwan issue, the diplomat stressed that China “calls on the United States to stop arming Taiwan, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, and start supporting China’s peaceful reunification,” noting that the Taiwan issue is a major red line in Sino-US relations that cannot be crossed.
He also explained: “The United States has intensified economic, trade and technological measures to suppress China, and is constantly taking new measures in the field of export and investment controls and unilateral sanctions, which severely harms China’s interests. This does not eliminate risks, but rather creates them.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken plans to visit China from April 24 to 26, to meet with officials in Beijing and Shanghai, including Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, as part of US efforts to express its concerns, a US State Department official announced.
The US official also explained that Blinken “will discuss the crisis in the Middle East, and will of course discuss the challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, including China’s provocations in the South China Sea, threatening rhetoric, and reckless moves by North Korea.”
According to the US official, Blinken also intends to stress the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, and to discuss the crisis in Myanmar.
Chinese President Xi Jinping assured his American counterpart, Joe Biden, during a phone conversation on April 2, that the Taiwan issue is a “red line” in relations between China and the United States, and that Beijing will not turn a blind eye to external support for Taiwan’s independence.
According to the Chinese “Xinhua” agency, the Chinese President said during the phone conversation with Biden that “the Taiwan issue in Sino-American relations is the main red line that cannot be crossed, and we will not turn a blind eye to the separatist activities of the forces calling for “Taiwan independence” and the complicity and support [of these forces]. ] from external forces.”
For his part, the US President affirmed the United States’ commitment to the “one China” principle, and stressed the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
Regarding the Taiwan file, the Chinese Defense Minister said, “The Chinese People’s Liberation Army will never tolerate separatist activities in Taiwan and external condoning of them.”
Earlier this month, American and Chinese military officials met in the city of Honolulu, in the US state of Hawaii, in the Pacific Ocean, to discuss issues of security cooperation in the air and maritime domains.

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