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China no longer comfortable with status quo on Taiwan, says US

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday renewed alarm over Beijing's intentions over Taipei and said China is "no longer comfortable" with status quo on Taiwan. Antony Blinken said the world is concerned about Taiwan now because it saw what happened to Hong Kong in the past few years, reported Taiwan News. 

Blinken spoke about Beijing's constant growing efforts to isolate the nation and the major military exercises it carried out near it in August. 

Beijing has upped its military activity and routinely sends several warplanes and vessels towards Taiwan to intimidate the island. It has also warned foreign delegations visiting the island nation that they are "playing with fire".

"What we've seen over the last few years is, I think, China make a decision that it was no longer comfortable with the status quo, a status quo that had prevailed for decades that had actually been successful in terms of the relationship between our countries and managing what is a difficult situation," he was quoted as saying by The Taiwan News. 

Blinken said the status quo has been "vital" to the US because it maintains peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. He was speaking during a conversation with the University of Chicago Institute of Politics Founding Director David Axelrod.

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China views democratically-governed Taiwan as its own territory and has been ramping up military, political and economic pressure to assert those claims.

Blinken said it's "a leading competitor" that does not share the US vision for the world, adding, "but competition is one thing, conflict is another, and it's strongly in our interest to make sure that even as we compete very, very vigorously, we avoid competition veering into conflict."

"Gutting of China's so-called one country, two systems has had a profound effect not only for people in Hong Kong but beyond and is the reason why the world is so concerned about Taiwan," the US Secretary said.

Antony Blinken is expected to travel to China in early February for continued discussions related to one of America's most complicated and consequential relationships, CNN reported. 

The trip was decided after US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping in November held talks in Bali, Indonesia, on wide-ranging friction between the world's two largest economic powers.

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