Chinese foreign minister advised US to recognize negative impact of NATO expansion
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke on the phone with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday about the Russia-Ukraine conflict and China’s policy in Taiwan.
During the meeting, Wang reportedly told Blinken that the conflict in Ukraine was complicated and “closely related to the security interests of various parties”, according to Chinese state media Xinhua.
Wang urged his counterpart not to focus only on resolving the immediate crisis but also maintaining long-term stability in the region, and also expressed China’s belief that the conflict with Ukraine should be resolved peacefully through dialogue.
“Wang said the Chinese side hopes the fighting will stop as soon as possible, the situation on the ground will be peaceful, the safety of civilians and property will be effectively guaranteed, and a large-scale humanitarian crisis will be averted.” he added. Xinhua reported, noting that Wang also said China opposes any action that “Add oil to the flames.”
In addition, Wang told Blinken that the United States, NATO and the European Union should engage in “egalitarian dialogue” with Russia, recognize the frictions between the powers over the years, and “Beware of the negative impact of NATO’s continued eastward expansion on Russia’s security.”
Regarding Taiwan, Wang reportedly expressed “serious concern” on recent statements and actions by US officials on the issue that run counter to Beijing’s One China policy.
The Foreign Minister reiterated that Taiwan is a “Inalienable part of Chinese territory” and that the subject of Taiwan is an internal Chinese affair, before advising the United States to stop encouraging Taiwan independence efforts and interfering in the matter.
In its own statement, the US State Department said Blinken warned Wang that “The world is watching to see which nations uphold the fundamental principles of freedom, self-determination and sovereignty.”
“He stressed that the world is acting in unison to reject and respond to Russian aggression, ensuring that Moscow will pay a heavy price,” he added. it continued. The statement did not mention Blinken and Wang’s discussion of Taiwan.