China has warned the U.S. of a “dangerous situation” if it continues to support Taiwan. Beijing also added that it “will do as we said” to protect the country’s sovereignty and security interests.
Beijing’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi made the remark during a phone conversation with U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan on Wednesday.
“The recent actions taken by the U.S. on Taiwan-related matters have been a huge contrast from their pronouncements. If the U.S. continues to play the Taiwan card and head further on the wrong path, this will certainly lead to dangerous situations,” Yang said, according to South China Morning Post.
Yang said Washington has been “adopting wrongful narratives and actions” that harmed China’s interests. “China has been making stern and powerful responses. The U.S. must do what it says for China-US relations to return to a healthy and stable track of development,” Yang said. His statement was published by the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.
“China will be steadfast to take actions that defend its sovereignty and security interests. We will do as we said,” Yang added.
Soon after, The White House published a readout that said the conversation focused on regional security issues and nonproliferation. The duo also discussed “Russia’s war against Ukraine and specific issues in U.S.-China relations.”
The CCTV statement added that matters related to North Korea also came under discussion.
The conversation follows a high-profile meeting held on March 14 in Rome, a few days before a video call between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden. While Biden warned China of consequences if it helped Russia evade Western sanctions after the invasion of Ukraine, Beijing had reiterated its anger against the U.S. continuing to support “Taiwan’s independence.”
Interestingly, Washington also released a statement the same day extending its support to Taiwan joining the World Health Organization as an observer. “We will continue to support Taiwan’s membership in international organizations where statehood is not a requirement and encourage Taiwan’s meaningful participation in organizations where its membership is not possible, in line with our One China policy,” the statement read.
On Wednesday, 52 U.S. senators signed a letter to Biden on Wednesday urging Taiwan’s inclusion in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). Taiwan is never included in most global organizations due to objections from Beijing.
Amid this, Taiwan announced another intrusion of Chinese warplanes into its Air Defense Identification Zone Wednesday. According to the island’s Ministry of Defense, four PLA aircraft, including one spy plane, one Y-8 EW and two J-16s, breached its ADIZ.