Top officials from China and the United States are due to hold talks in Switzerland, where the Chinese military has conducted a record number of air exercises near Taiwan, which Beijing considers a separate province.
Taiwan’s Defense Minister Xiu Guo-Cheng said tensions with China were at their worst in 40 years, warning that there was a risk of an accidental strike between the two.
Yang Jiechi, a member of the political bureau of the ruling Communist Party of China (CBC), will meet with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in Zurich, Switzerland, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Suning announced on Wednesday.
Yang, director of the CBC’s Foreign Commission, will meet with Sullivan, “Hua said.
“They will exchange views on Sino-US relations and related issues,” the Hua state-run Xinhua news agency was quoted as saying.
Since the start of China’s National Day holiday on Friday, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which flies at least 150 fighter jets to Taiwan’s Air Defense Identity Zone (ADIZ), was expected to discuss with others. Official media reports here.
The U.S. State Department expressed “concern” about the flight exercises, saying the exercises were provocative.
Hua responded to the report by saying that Taiwan was part of China and that the United States had no right to make irresponsible comments on the Taiwan issue.
China has been criticizing the United States for selling arms to Taiwan under Washington’s Taiwan Relations Act, which says the United States should help defend Taiwan.
China claims the divided islands of Taiwan as part of it and President Xi Jinping has promised to integrate it with the mainland.
“I have talked to Shia about Taiwan. We agree … we will abide by the Taiwan agreement. We have made it clear that I do not think he should do anything other than abide by the agreement,” the US president said. Joe Biden said, referring to recent phone conversations with Shi.
Despite high tensions, analysts say the United States sent aircraft carriers to the area to prevent tensions between China and Taiwan when missile tests last tried to disrupt the 1996 presidential election.
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Defense Minister Xiu said on Wednesday that China could launch a “full-scale” invasion of Taiwan by 2025.
Citing China’s large-scale air training, he said, “They currently have the capability to launch an attack on Taiwan. [China] We have to pay the price, “he told CNN.
By 2025, that price will be lower – and China could launch a “full-scale” invasion, he said.
Taiwan considers itself a sovereign nation. However, China considers Taiwan to be a divided province that must be reunited with the mainland, even with force.