- BLOOMBERG NEWS - OCT 8, 2021 -
China called on the U.S. to abide by its agreement to withdraw troops from Taiwan, in a relatively muted response to reports that a small number of American military advisers have been deployed to the island.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian urged the U.S. to uphold the consensus that led Washington to sever ties with Taipei in favor of Beijing more than four decades ago, including ending its formal security pact. Zhao was responding Friday to reports that about two dozen American military advisers have been deployed on the island.
“The One China principle is the political foundation of China and U.S. relations,” Zhao told a regular news briefing in Beijing. “The U.S. must sever diplomatic relations and abrogate its mutual defense treaty with Taiwan and U.S. forces must withdraw from Taiwan.”
The U.S. was training local forces to better defend the democratically ruled island from a future attack by China, a U.S. defense official told Bloomberg News on Thursday. The official, who asked not to be identified, confirmed an earlier report by the Wall Street Journal that American service members, including special forces, have been in Taiwan for more than a year.
The subdued response comes as the two sides make plans to hold a video summit between President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping before the end of the year. The announcement of the meeting followed six hours of talks Wednesday between White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in Zurich, including discussions on Taiwan.
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