Blinken criticizes China's pressure on Taiwan

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has expressed concern regarding Chinese pressure on Taiwan, emphasizing Washington's longstanding interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

Blinken held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the phone on Saturday ahead of a virtual summit between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping to be held on Monday.

The State Department said Blinken expressed concern regarding China's continued military, diplomatic and economic pressure on Taiwan, and urged Beijing to engage in dialogue toward the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues.

The Chinese foreign ministry quoted Wang as telling Blinken that if the US truly wants to safeguard peace across the Taiwan Strait, it should oppose any moves by Taiwan toward independence, put the one-China policy into action and stop sending the wrong signals to Taiwanese independence forces.

Biden has said the United States has a commitment to defend Taiwan if it comes under attack by China.