The UN hopes that relations between the US and China will be productive. This was stated on September 19 at a briefing by the official representative of the Secretary General of the world organization Stephane Dujarric, commenting on the statement by US President Joe Biden that the United States will stand up for Taiwan in the event of a conflict between Taipei and Beijing.
He pointed out that relations between the US and China are of great importance for the world order.
“We hope they continue to develop in a constructive way,” he added.
On the eve of Biden said that Washington does not encourage Taiwan to gain independence from China. At the same time, he noted that the United States will defend Taiwan in the event of a military conflict between the island and China.
In response, China made a representation to the US and protested the US leader’s statement.
Director of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies at the Higher School of Economics Vasily Kashin, in an interview with Izvestia, noted that China is still the main adversary for the United States, and Taiwan is the key point where their interests collide. This is an acute problem, where each side has a lot of room for maneuver, the expert added.
In August 2022, the situation around Taiwan escalated after the visit of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to the island. Then several more American delegations came there. Beijing protested these visits.
China considers Taiwan to be part of the country, but the territory is not administered by Beijing. The United States claims that it does not dispute the ownership of the island by China, while providing support to the Taiwanese authorities. Official relations between the PRC government and its island province broke off in 1949, contacts resumed in the late 1980s.