Blinken warns Chinese Communist Party, calls Taiwan a country, angers Beijing

U.S. Secretary of State John Blinken said Friday that any move by the Chinese Communist Party to invade Taiwan would have “terrible consequences,” and he warned Chinese leaders to think twice. In praising Taiwan’s progress, Blinken referred to it as a “country,” sparking outrage from the Chinese Communist Party, which said it was “very bad in nature.

Blinken made the warning at a Reuters Next meeting on Dec. 3. At the meeting, Blinken said the Chinese Communist Party has been trying to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, but the U.S. is “firmly committed” to ensuring that Taiwan has the ability to defend itself.

Asked whether the Chinese Communist Party would invade Taiwan, the secretary of state replied, “I think that would be a decision that could have catastrophic consequences.

Asked whether the United States would send troops in the event of an invasion of Taiwan, Blinken said the United States has been very clear and consistent over the years that it is committed to ensuring that Taiwan has the ability to defend itself, and the United States will continue to honor that commitment.

Here again, I would like to say that I hope that the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party will think deeply about not precipitating a crisis,” Blinken warned. I think such a crisis would have terrible consequences for many people and would not be in anyone’s interest, including, first and foremost, the Chinese Communist Party.”

Speaking at Reuters’ Next conference, Blinken also said the United States will continue to adhere to the “One China” policy, which has lasted for more than 40 years and has enabled the people of Taiwan to make progress while maintaining stable U.S.-China relations. In praising Taiwan’s progress, Blinken referred to Taiwan as a “nation.

Blinken praised Taiwan as “a strong democracy, a strong economy, an innovative nation that has much to contribute to the world.”

On December 4, the Chinese Communist Party media ‘People’s Daily’ published a commentary accusing the U.S. side of blatantly challenging the one-China principle, grossly interfering in China’s internal affairs, and sending a wrong signal to the Taiwan independence forces. The commentary said that individual politicians on the U.S. side openly referred to Taiwan as a “country”, which is a serious violation of the one-China principle and very bad in nature, and that the U.S. side must stop its wrong words and actions.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen (left) and President of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan Yu Sik-kun walk into the Legislative Yuan before the opening ceremony of the first “Open Congress Forum” held in Taiwan on Dec. 2, 2021.