MANILA, Philippines ( Associated Press) – China should not hijack talks on global issues like the climate crisis, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday, after Beijing cut off contact with Washington a day earlier. Vengeance week for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
Blinken was speaking with his Philippine counterpart in Manila at a virtual news conference where he met newly elected President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and other top officials as relations between the United States and Beijing fell to their worst level in years. Went.
Pelosi’s visit to the self-governing island has angered Beijing, which considers it a part of its territory that should be annexed by force if necessary. China on Thursday began military exercises on the Taiwan issue and on Friday suspended talks with the United States on important issues, including military issues and critical climate cooperation, as punishment for an official visit.
“We should not hijack cooperation on issues of global concern because of the differences between our two countries,” Blinken said. “Others rightly hope that we will continue to work on issues that are important to the lives and livelihoods of their people as well as our own.”
Blinken said the suspension of cooperative negotiations on climate change “doesn’t punish the United States, it punishes the world.”
“The world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide is now refusing to commit to fighting the climate crisis,” Blinken said. Launching China’s ballistic missiles into the waters around Taiwan was a dangerous and unsustainable act.
“What happens in the Taiwan Strait affects the entire region. In many ways, it affects the whole world, because the strait, like the South China Sea, is an important shipping lane,” he said, adding that about half of the world The container fleet is the largest and possesses about 90% of the ships in the world. This year passed by.
China “shuts down channels between the military, which are important for avoiding miscommunication and distress, but also cooperating in international crimes and in the fight against drug trafficking, which the United States, China and Let’s help keep the Chinese people safe.” and from other countries,” he said.
Despite Beijing’s announcements, Blinken said during the ASEAN summit in Cambodia on Friday, he told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi that the United States does not want to escalate the situation.