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US summons Chinese ambassador over “irresponsible” actions on Taiwan

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Beijing insists that Taiwan is part of China and looks forward to forceful reunification if needed.

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The White House has summoned China’s ambassador to Washington to condemn Beijing’s “irresponsible” behavior on Taiwan, a senior US official said on Friday.

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Ambassador Qin Gang was summoned after China’s military saber in response to a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to self-ruled, democratic Taiwan.

Kirby, who described China’s actions as “provocative”, did not say which officials met with the ambassador.

“We condemn the PRC’s military actions, which are irresponsible, contrary to our long-standing goal of maintaining peace and stability and across the Taiwan Strait,” he said, in his official statement to the People’s Republic of China. Referring to China by abbreviation.

“We have made it clear to the ambassador that Beijing’s actions are a matter of concern to Taiwan, us and our partners around the world,” Kirby said.

“Finally, we have made it clear once again what we have done privately at the highest level and publicly: nothing has changed about our One China policy,” Kirby said.

He was only referring to the US position of accepting the Chinese position that Taiwan is part of China.

It leaves the task of finding a solution on both sides, while opposing the use of any form of force to change the status quo.

Beijing insists that Taiwan is part of China and looks forward to forceful reunification if needed. Taiwan’s current ruling party has vowed to defend the island’s sovereignty.

“We have also made it clear that the United States is ready to do whatever Beijing wants to do. We will not, nor do we want to, seek a crisis,” he said.

“At the same time, we will not stop working in the seas and skies of the Western Pacific in line with international law, as we have for decades – supporting Taiwan and defending a free and open” Pacific.

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