China's foreign minister called on Washington not to support Taiwan's independence

Wang said that the recent elections in Taiwan have not changed the fact that the island is an integral part of China, and that the biggest challenge in Sino-US relations is the issue of "Taiwan independence".

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Disclaimer: The translations are mostly done through AI translator and might not be 100% accurate.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told American national security adviser Jake Sullivan today that official Washington should remain committed to not supporting Taiwan's independence.

According to the ministry's statement, Wang said that the recent elections in Taiwan did not change the fact that the island is an integral part of China, and that the biggest challenge in Sino-American relations is the issue of "Taiwan independence".

The Chinese foreign minister added that both sides should use the upcoming 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations as a chance to "reflect on past experiences and treat each other as equals instead of adopting a condescending attitude."

Both sides should be "committed to mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation, building a correct way for China and the US to interact," Wang said.

Both sides agreed that the two presidents will maintain regular contacts, provide strategic guidance on bilateral relations and promote exchanges between the US and China in various fields and levels, the Chinese ministry said.

In the near future, the two countries will establish a joint working group on cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking and hold the first China-US dialogue on artificial intelligence as early as this spring.

US President Joseph Biden said that he does not support Taiwan's independence, but that US law requires a clear defense of the island and that official Washington views any threat to Taiwan with "serious concern".

Wang and Sullivan met in Bangkok yesterday and today, with both governments hailing their talks as "sincere, concrete and constructive".

In today's statement from the White House regarding today's meeting, it was emphasized that Sullivan conveyed to the other side the importance of maintaining peace and stability in that region.

Sullivan pointed out that although Washington and Beijing are in global competition, both sides must "prevent it from turning into conflict or confrontation."

In addition to the Taiwan issue, the two officials touched on other issues, including Russia's war against Ukraine, the Middle East, North Korea, the South China Sea and Myanmar, the statement said.

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