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Top officials of China and America are about to hold talks in Switzerland.

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Top officials of China and the US are set to hold talks in Switzerland amid tensions over the Chinese military conducting a record number of aerial exercises near the self-ruled island of Taiwan, which Beijing views as a separate province.

Tensions with China are at their worst in 40 years, Taiwan’s Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng has said, warning of the risk of an accidental strike between the two.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying announced on Wednesday that Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), will meet with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in Zurich, Switzerland.

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

“They will exchange views on China-US relations and relevant issues,” state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Hua as saying.

They were expected to fire at least 150 warplanes during both day and night since the start of China’s National Day holiday on Friday in Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Let’s talk about flying. official media reports here.

The US State Department expressed “concern” over the air exercise, saying the exercise was provocative.

In response to the statement, Hua said that Taiwan is part of China and that the US has no right to make irresponsible comments on the question of Taiwan.

For its part, China has been critical of the US over arms sales to Taiwan under Washington’s Taiwan Relations Act, which states that the US should help Taiwan defend itself.

China considers the separated islands of Taiwan as its own and President Xi Jinping has vowed to integrate it with the mainland.

“I’ve talked to Xi about Taiwan. We agree… we’ll abide by the Taiwan Agreement. We’ve made it clear that I don’t think they should do anything other than abide by the agreement,” the American President Joe Biden said, referring to his recent phone talks with Xi.

Analysts suggest that despite heightened tensions, relations between China and Taiwan have not deteriorated to the level last seen in 1996 when China tried to disrupt presidential elections with missile tests and the US Aircraft carriers were sent to stop them.

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Defense Minister Chiu said on Wednesday that China may be able to launch a “full-scale” invasion of Taiwan by 2025.

Referring to China’s massive air exercises, he said, “With regard to the attack on Taiwan, they currently have the capability. But [China] The price has to be paid,” CNN reported.

By 2025, that price will be low – and China will be able to launch a “full-scale” invasion, he said.

Taiwan considers itself a sovereign state. However, China views Taiwan as a separate province, which must be reunited with the mainland, even by force.

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