Antony Blinken’s remarks ‘in total defiance of facts’: China’s Philippine Ambassador

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken takes a question from a reporter during a virtual joint news conference with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Enrique Manalo at the Peninsula Hotel in Manila, Philippines, August 6, 2022. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS)
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken takes a question from a reporter during a virtual joint news conference with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Enrique Manalo at the Peninsula Hotel in Manila, Philippines, August 6, 2022. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS)

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian fired back at US Secretary of State Antony Blinken for the remarks he made against China.

In a press conference during his visit in the Philippines on Saturday (Aug. 6), he called Beijing’s suspension of its cooperation with the US on the climate crisis amid rising tensions in Taiwan as “irresponsible.”

“We should not hold hostage cooperation on matters of global concern because of differences between our two countries,” Blinken said.

The Chinese envoy called Blinken’s remarks “in total defiance of the facts” in what is supposedly Washington’s attempt “to confuse right with wrong and shift the blame on China, which again underscores the US’s bullying, highhandedness and hegemony.”

He said that China is within its rights to take countermeasures after the ill-advised visit of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, a grave violation of its “one-China policy.”

“China’s countermeasures are completely just, legitimate and proportionate. Our countermeasures are necessary as a warning to the provocateurs and as legitimate steps to uphold our sovereignty and security,” Huang said.

“There is but one China in the world, Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory, and the government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China … Now the status quo has indeed been broken, but the culprit is the US and the ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces that the US condones and supports,” he added.

While Blinken said that the US government will keep its communication channels open for China, he said that it will also “responsibly manage” the situation as it is not in everyone’s interest to escalate the tension any further.

"The United States doesn't believe that it's in the interest of Taiwan, the region, or our own national security to escalate the situation. I conveyed that directly to Wang Yi, the PRC's (People's Republic of China) foreign minister at the East Asia summit just yesterday," Blinken said.

However, Huang cautioned and said that although this seems to be the US’s official posture, everyone must pay attention as to how it will act.

“Secretary Blinken claimed that all countries expect China and the US to manage differences responsibly and the US is determined to do so. If that really happens, it would be a return to the right path,” Huang said, which is a return to the status quo of Taiwan being a region in China.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments on politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates.

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