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US respects ‘One China’ policy and does not support Taiwan’s independence: Kritenbrink

The United States is committed to the “One China” policy and it does not support independence of Taiwan.

A senior US diplomat for East Asia Daniel Kritenbrink stated this with warning that Beijing risks miscalculation with pressure on the island.

The United States has been clear with China with no change in its approach to Taiwan, including the US commitment to its “One China” policy, he said.

China, which considers Taiwan as its province, has been conducting military drills around the island to demonstrate its anger at a visit to Taipei by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Speaking on a conference call, the assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said China was using Pelosi’s trip as an excuse to change the status quo, jeopardising peace.

“These actions are part of an intensified pressure campaign by the PRC against Taiwan, which we expect to continue to unfold in the coming weeks and months,” he said, referring to China’s official name, the People’s Republic of China. 

“The goal of this campaign is clear to intimidate and coerce Taiwan and undermine its resilience.”

“While our policy has not changed, what has changed is Beijing’s growing coercion. The PRC’s words and actions are deeply destabilising. They risk miscalculation and threaten the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait.”

The US has conveyed to China in every conversation that it does not seek and will not provoke a crisis, he said.

Javed Mahmood
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