Chinese foreign minister talked about Pelosi’s possible trip to Taiwan in July, US official says

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TOKYO, Aug 3 (Reuters) – The possibility of U.S. President Nancy Pelosi visiting Taiwan was recently raised with the Chinese government’s top diplomat and there are no plans for the two countries’ foreign ministers to meet this week in Cambodia, a senior US official said. said Wednesday.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed the possibility of a visit by Pelosi with his counterpart Wang Yi during a G20 meeting in Bali that lasted more than five hours, and said such a trip would be entirely Pelosi’s decision and independent of the US government.

“The question is whether Beijing will try to use the trip as some sort of excuse to take action that could be escalation or could somehow produce conflict,” the top said. State Department official to reporters in Tokyo, adding that Beijing should not overreact to a trip that was neither unusual nor unprecedented.

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“China should not use this as an excuse to continue what it is doing, which seeks to change the status quo regarding Taiwan,” the official said.

“And if any escalation or crisis were to somehow follow his visit, it would be over Beijing.”

China’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters on Wednesday.

China expressed fury on Wednesday over what was the highest-level U.S. visit to Taiwan in a quarter-century, stepping up military activity in surrounding waters and suspending imports of some products from Taiwan. Read more

China considers Taiwan to be part of its territory and has never renounced the use of force to bring it under its control.

Blinken was on his way to Cambodia for a series of meetings culminating on Friday with the ASEAN Regional Forum, a security-focused gathering of 27 countries including China, Japan, Russia, Britain and the United States. Australia.

The official also said there would be no direct meeting in Phnom Penh with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, adding that Moscow had shown no indication that it would end its hostilities in Ukraine.

“If we actually saw a meaningful diplomatic overture to help end the aggression, we would engage, of course, but we haven’t seen it.”

This week’s gathering is hosted by the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which the United States hopes can discuss how to “maintain and increase the pressure” on Myanmar’s junta to end the crackdown on its opponents.

The official also said the United States wanted to strengthen relations with ASEAN chair Cambodia, China’s biggest ally in Southeast Asia, but stressed the importance of being transparent. about his engagement with the Peking army.

(This story corrects headline and paragraph 1 to show that Wang Yi is the best diplomat in the Chinese government, not the best Chinese diplomat)

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Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Written by Martin Petty; Editing by Kanupriya Kapoor

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