Taipei, July 6 (CNA) The United States has briefed Taiwan before a scheduled meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (王毅) on the sidelines of a G20 conference in Indonesia later this week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday.
MOFA spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) told CNA that Taipei and Washington remained in close contact especially whenever there was an upcoming high-level meeting between American and Chinese diplomats, to safeguard Taiwan’s interests.
As per its usual practice, the U.S. side has briefed Taiwan on the scheduled meet before the Department of State announced Tuesday that Blinken and Wang will meet in Bali during the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting from July 7-8, Ou said.
The U.S. side is also scheduled to brief Taipei following the meeting, as it always does, Ou said.
Due to a mutual understanding and arrangement, Ou, however, refused to disclose further details of the briefings.
Ou’s comments were made after the U.S. Department of State announced Tuesday that Secretary Blinken would travel to Bali and Bangkok from July 6-11.
While in Bali, Blinken will meet with Wang on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, said the U.S. Department of State in a press statement.
In a telephone briefing on Tuesday, Daniel Kritenbrink, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia, said Washington’s top priority is to underscore its commitment in maintaining “open lines of communication with the People’s Republic of China” during the upcoming high-level diplomatic dialogue.
“We have often stated that our goal is to manage responsibly the intense competition between the United States and the PRC. So I would expect that in the course of that meeting we’ll be able to discuss having guardrails, so to speak, on the relationship so that our competition does not spill over into miscalculation or confrontation,” he told reporters.
This will mark the second in-person meeting between Blinken and Wang since they met in October 2021 in Rome, Italy.
(By Joseph Yeh)
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