By Our Staff Reporter
The spokesperson of US State Department disclosed on Thursday that the US has urged China to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful diplomacy.
” We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful diplomacy. We have many channels to communicate with PRC counterparts, and we remain committed to maintaining open channels of communication to prevent the risk of any kind of miscalculation,” Mr. Patel, the spokesperson of the US State Department told media during a routine-wise media briefing on Thursday.
Patel’s remarks came a day after the meeting held between Speaker McCarthy and Taiwanese President Tsai. Before the crucial meeting which raised eyebrows in Beijing, the US had moved some warships to Taiwan Strait which had angered China.
Sources said American concerned officials remained in touch with Beijing during Tsai’s brief stay in the US presumably to diffuse the tension between the two superpowers of the modern era. Mr. Patel, the Spokesperson of the US State Department confirmed the same during a press briefing and said Beijing and Washington are keeping the channels open for discussion.
“Our channels remain open, and we have always consistently urged restraint in that message. The U.S. and the PRC have differences when it comes to Taiwan, but we’ve managed those differences for over 40 years. Peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait are not only longstanding U.S. interests, but they are also global interests and interests of global concern. We share with other countries an abiding interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, but also broadly in the Indo-Pacific region as well. And we continue to urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful diplomacy. There’s no reason to turn this transit, which is consistent with longstanding U.S. policy, into something that it’s not or use it as a pretext to overreact,” Patel said during the media briefing.
The spokesperson, however, did not have a clear answer when asked If the U.S. is in any way reassured that China doesn’t seem to be doing that sort of overreacting that the White House has been warning about.
” We have channels to communicate with our PRC counterparts and we remain open to those channels of communication, as to prevent any risk or miscalculation. And you’ll know, Iain, that this is something the Secretary has raised consistently in every engagement, and interaction that he’s had with his counterparts in the PRC, but also we’ve done so at other levels as well,” Patel said.
is interesting to note that the world has seen too much reaction from China compared to the US military exercises with partners in the strait of Taiwan. Even Beijing didn’t give many reactions when Pelosi visited Taiwan.
When asked about the possibility of speedy delivery of weapons to Taiwan including Harpoon anti-ship missiles, the spokesperson said the U.S. Government is actively reviewing our policies and processes to ensure that we move arms sales as quickly as possible, particularly for Taiwan.
” Let me say a couple of things. First, the U.S. Government is actively reviewing our policies and processes to ensure that we move arm sales as quickly as possible, particularly for Taiwan. Consistent with the Taiwan Relations Act, the U.S. makes available to Taiwan defense articles and services necessary to enable and maintain a sufficient self-defense capability. But I’m not going to just get ahead of any specific processes just yet,” Patel, the spokesperson of the US State Department said.
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