U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reaffirmed the United States’ support for the “One China” policy on Monday, emphasizing that the U.S. does not endorse Taiwanese independence. Following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Blinken addressed the press, stating the U.S. position clearly.
During the press conference Blinken stated “we remain opposed to any unilateral changes to the status quo by either side. We continue to expect the peaceful resolution of cross-strait differences. We remain committed to fulfilling our responsibilities under the Taiwan Relations Act, including ensuring Taiwan’s ability to defend itself.”
Blinken also expressed concerns about China’s aggressive actions in recent years towards Taiwan. He highlighted that these actions have raised concerns among many countries, not just the United States. He explained that the reason for this widespread interest is the potential economic crisis that could arise from tensions over the island.
The Secretary of State emphasized the critical role Taiwan plays in global trade and technology. He told reporters, “fifty percent of commercial container traffic goes through the Taiwan Strait every day. Seventy percent of semiconductors are manufactured in Taiwan.” Blinken further stated that if a crisis between China and Taiwan were to occur, it would “have dramatic consequences for virtually every country around the world.”
Blinken’s comments come at a time of escalating tensions between China and the United States regarding Taiwan.
China considers Taiwan as part of its own territory and has not ruled out the possibility of using its military to take control of the island.