Blinken and Wang talk ahead of the summit

The top diplomats of the United States and China have spoken with each other ahead of their leaders' virtual summit.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks on the phone on Saturday. US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping are due to hold online talks on Monday.

During the telephone talks, Wang said the planned summit is of great significance not just for China-US relations but also for international relations. He said the two sides should make every preparation to ensure a smooth and successful meeting and bring bilateral relations back onto the track of sound and steady development.

Blinken said the US side looks forward to sharing views on bilateral ties with the Chinese side during the meeting and jointly send a strong message to the world.

Wang said if the US truly wants to safeguard peace across the Taiwan Strait, then it should clearly and resolutely oppose any "Taiwan independence" moves, and put the one-China policy into action and stop sending wrong signals to the "Taiwan independence" forces.

Wang's remarks, made as Washington has been increasing its involvement in Taiwan, can be taken as a warning that Washington should tread carefully over Taiwan affairs.