Blinken chides China’s ‘irresponsible’ cut in US communication

by | Aug 6, 2022 | World

US secretary of state says China’s cessation of cooperation in key areas would punish world, not just Washington.US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has accused China of “irresponsible steps” by halting key communication channels with Washington, and said Beijing’s retaliatory actions towards Taiwan showed China had moved from prioritising peaceful resolutions to the use of force.
Blinken’s comments on Saturday came as Chinese military aircraft and warships continued to simulate an attack on Taiwan, officials in Taipei said, as part of a raft of steps taken by Beijing after a visit to the island democracy by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier this week.
China’s retaliation in stopping bilateral processes in eight key areas including defence, narcotics control, transnational crime and climate change were moves that would punish the world, not just the United States, Blinken told a news conference in Manila.
“Those include several military-to-military channels, which are vital for avoiding miscommunication and avoid crisis,” Blinken said.
“Suspending climate cooperation doesn’t punish the United States, it punishes the world, particularly the developing world. We should not hold hostage cooperation on matters of global concern because of differences between our two countries,” he said.
Tackling climate change has been a key area of cooperation between the two superpowers who are also the two biggest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions.
Blinken said the US had been hearing concern from allies about what he called China’s dangerous and destabilising actions around Taiwan in recent days, but Washington would remain steady in its handling of the situation.
The secretary of state also said he had conveyed to …

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