U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Source: Al Drogo/Reuters.
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  • U.S. officials are concerned about China’s aggressive stance towards Taiwan, warning it would be a “serious mistake” for anyone to attempt changing the status quo in the region by force
  • The comments were made on Sunday by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in an interview with NBC’s ‘Meet The Press’
  • The U.S. has a long-standing commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to ensure that the country is able to defend itself
  • However, Blinken declined to comment on whether the U.S. would respond militarily to a Chinese action in Taiwan
  • Taiwan has itself expressed concern over repeated mission’s by China’s airforce near the island, which China claims as its own

U.S. officials are concerned about China’s aggressive stance towards Taiwan, warning it would be a “serious mistake” for anyone to attempt changing the status quo in the region by force.

“What we’ve seen, and what is of real concern to us, is increasingly aggressive actions by the government in Beijing directed at Taiwan, raising tensions in the Straits,” said U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in an interview with NBC’s ‘Meet The Press’ on Sunday.

On Thursday last week, Beijing blamed the U.S. for escalating tensions after one of its warships sailed close to Taiwan.

Blinken also noted that the U.S. has a long-standing commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to ensure the country is able to defend itself and to sustain peace and security in the Western Pacific.

However, he declined to comment on whether the U.S. would respond militarily to Chinese action in Taiwan.

“All I can tell you is we have a serious commitment to Taiwan being able to defend itself. We have a serious commitment to peace and security in the Western Pacific,” he added.

“We stand behind those commitments. And in that context, it would be a serious mistake for anyone to try to change that status quo by force.”

Taiwan has itself expressed concern over repeated mission’s by China’s airforce near the island, which China claims as its own.

On Friday, the White House said it was maintaining a close watch on China’s military activity in the Taiwan Strait, referring to Beijing’s presence as potentially destabilising.

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