Top Chinese, American Diplomats To Meet In Zurich Over…

Top Chinese, American Diplomats To Meet In Zurich Over...

Top Chinese and US officials are meeting in Switzerland amid rising concerns over China’s army conducting a record number of air drills near Taiwan, a self-ruled island that Beijing regards as a renegade province.

Tensions with China are at their worst level in 40 years, according to Taiwan’s defense minister Chiu Kuo-cheng, who also warned of the possibility of an unintentional strike between the two countries.

Yang Jiechi, a member of the ruling Communist Party of China’s (CPC) Political Bureau, will meet with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in Zurich, Switzerland, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying.

Yang, who is also the director of the CPC’s Office of Foreign Affairs Commission, will meet with Sullivan “in accordance with the consensus reached by Chinese and US heads of state in their phone call on September 10 and as agreed upon by China and the United States,” according to Hua.

The state-run Xinhua news agency cited Hua as saying, “They will share perspectives on China-US ties and important problems.”

According to official media sources, they were scheduled to discuss the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) flying at least 150 airplanes into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) since the start of China’s National Day holiday on Friday, through both days and nights.

The US State Department expressed “alarm” about the air exercises, claiming that they are provocative.

Hua responded by saying that Taiwan is a part of China and that the US has no right to make irresponsible remarks about the Taiwan issue.

China, on its part, has chastised the US for selling arms to Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act, which requires the US to assist Taiwan in self-defense.

China claims Taiwan’s remote islands as part of its territory, and President Xi Jinping has promised to integrate the island with the mainland.

“I’ve discussed Taiwan with Xi. We agree… and we’ll follow through on the Taiwan deal. We made it plain that I don”t believe he should do anything except follow the deal “Referring to his recent phone conversations with Xi, US President Joe Biden stated.

Despite the increased tensions, many believe that relations between China and Taiwan have not deteriorated to the levels experienced in 1996, when China attempted to disrupt presidential elections with missile launches and the US moved aircraft carriers to the region to stop them.

Meanwhile, Taiwanese Defense Minister Chiu stated on Wednesday that China may be able to undertake a “full-scale” invasion of Taiwan by 2025.

He cited China’s large-scale air drills as an example “They presently have the capability of mounting an attack on Taiwan. However, [China] must pay the price “CNN reported on the situation.

By 2025, he claims, the price will be lower, and China would be able to launch a “full-scale” invasion.

Taiwan regards itself as an independent nation. Taiwan, on the other hand, is seen by China as a separatist province that must be reunited with the mainland, even if it means force.

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