China warns US it is ‘on the wrong track’ with Taiwan

Beijing, May 19 (EFE).- The head of Foreign Affairs of China’s Communist Party told United States national security adviser Jake Sullivan that Washington should not use the “Taiwan card” local media reported Thursday.

In a telephone conversation, Yang Jiechi said the US is “on the wrong track” with respect to Taiwan and that its moves could lead to “dangerous situations.”

“The United States has been adopting wrong narratives and measures that interfere with China’s domestic politics. They are detrimental to China’s interests,” Yang told Sullivan in the conversation, according to a statement published by China’s state broadcaster CCTV.

“We will do what we said,” the Chinese diplomat added in relation to the defense of its sovereignty and security interests, accusing the US side of “not doing what it proclaims with its word” so that relations between Beijing and Washington return “to a phase of healthy development.”

The White House issued a statement saying the phone call focused on issues of regional security and non-proliferation.

According to both statements, Yang and Sullivan also spoke about the Russian war in Ukraine, in addition to discussing issues related to North Korea and dealing with “specific issues in bilateral relations.”

China claims sovereignty over the island and has considered Taiwan a rebellious province since the Kuomintang nationalists withdrew there in 1949 after losing the civil war against the communists.

China already showed its rejection Wednesday of the US moving forward with a bill that would allow Taiwan to regain its observer position in the World Health Organization, in the last chapter of the constant disagreements between the two parties with respect to the island. EFE


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