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Blinken: China must not hold global concerns 'hostage'

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said China cut off contact with Washington in retaliation for Speaker of the House Nancy, while China became an important global "hostage" of the climate crisis. He said the issue should not be discussed. Pelosi's visit to Taiwan earlier this week.

Brinken is a Philippine counterpart in Manila after meeting with newly elected President Ferdinand Marcos and other senior officials as Washington-Beijing relations plummeted to the worst levels in recent years. Said at an online press conference.

A trip to Pelosi's autonomous island infuriated China, claiming that Taiwan was its territory to be forcibly annexed as needed. China began military exercises off Taiwan on Thursday and blocked contact with the United States on important issues, including military issues and important climate cooperation, as a punishment for Pelosi's visit on Friday.

"Because of the differences between the two countries, hostage cooperation should not be done on global concerns," Blinken said. "Others naturally expect us to continue to address issues that are important to their lives and livelihoods, and to ourselves."

FILE - In this image taken from video, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, center, arrives in Taipei, Taiwan, Aug. 2, 2022. (Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)
File-In this image taken from the video, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Center, August 2, 2022, Arrived in Taipei, Taiwan. (Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)

He cited cooperation on climate change as an important area. China has stopped contact with "punishing the world, not the United States."

"The world's largest carbon emitters are now refusing to engage in the fight against the climate crisis," Brinken said, launching Chinese ballistic missiles landing in the waters around Taiwan. Added that it was a dangerous and unstable behavior.

"What happens in the Taiwan Strait affects the entire region. Like the South China Sea, the strait is an important waterway and in many ways affects the entire world." Almost 90% of the world's container fleets and the world's largest vessels pass through waterways, he said.

China "crosses borders that help maintain the United States, China, and beyond, as well as the army-to-army channels essential to avoid misunderstandings and crises. We have stopped working on crime and drug control. It's safe. "

FILE - Smoke trails from projectiles launched by the Chinese military are seen in the sky as tourists look on from Pingtan Island, one of mainland China's closest point from Taiwan, in Fujian province on Aug. 4, 2022.
File-Smoke from projectiles fired by Chinese troops The ruins are the sky seen by tourists from Pingtan Island, one of the closest points from Taiwan to mainland China in Fujian Province on August 4, 2022.

Despite China's actions, Blinken said he told Wang Yi, a Chinese counterpart in Cambodia on Friday, that they were the year of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Attending the next general meeting, the United States said it did not want to make the situation worse.

"We are trying to ease these tensions and we believe that dialogue is a very important factor in that," he said, and the United States "to avoid escalation." It will keep the channel of communication with China open. " Misunderstandings and Misunderstandings "

Blinken has been the top American official to visit the Philippines since Marcos Jr. took office on June 30, following his victory in the landslide election. Marcos Jr. said in a brief meeting with Blinken that he was surprised at the changes in events related to Pelosi's visit to Taiwan this week.

"It just showed that-how intense the conflict was," Marcos Jr. said, based on records published by the Presidential Palace.

"This is just an indication of how volatile the international diplomatic scene is, not just in the region," he added.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, meets with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippians, Aug. 6, 2022.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Meeting August 6, 2022, Junior at the Malakanian Palace in Manila, Philippines.

Marcos Jr. praises the important relationship between the treaty's allies Manila and Washington, and has long supported the United States to the Philippines.

Blinken reiterated Washington's commitment to the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty with the Philippines and "cooperate with you on common challenges."

Brinken also tells journalists about the US commitment to work with the Philippines to strengthen democracy, uphold the rule of law, protect human rights, freedom of speech, and protect civil society groups. He said he had talked. To our alliance. "

Described the Philippines as an" irreplaceable friend, "and reiterated to the President that armed attacks on Philippine troops, official ships, and aircraft in the South China Sea" evoke a promise of mutual defense between the United States. " ..

Blinken arrived in Manila on Friday night after attending an ASEAN meeting in Cambodia, where Chinese and Russian correspondents joined.

The ASEAN Foreign Minister called for "maximum restraint" as China began the war. He trained around Taiwan and showed opposition to the United States, saying, "This situation can destabilize the region and ultimately lead to miscalculations, serious conflicts, open conflicts and unpredictable consequences between the great powers. I have sex. "

In Manila, Blinken was also planned. He visits a vaccination clinic, meets a group that helps fight the coronavirus outbreak, then goes to a clean energy fair, and meets US embassy staff before taking off on Saturday night.

Just before Pelosi, China's Ambassador to the West, Huang Xi, said in a television interview, "I hope the Filipino side will adhere to it." -Carefully handle Chinese principles and all issues related to Taiwan to ensure the sound and steady development of China-Philippines relations.

Mr. Huang's remarks received sharp criticism from opposition Senator of the Philippines, Lisa Hontiveros. She ignores and ignores international law in the West Philippine Sea in court if it suits her interests.

Hontiveros referred to the 2016 arbitral award on a Philippine complaint overriding China's vast territorial claims in the pending South China Sea. She used the Filipino name for the disputed waters.

China has dismissed the ruling, welcomed by the United States and its Western allies, as a fake and continues to ignore it.