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Blinken: China Should Not Hold Global Concerns ‘hostage’

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, meets with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippians, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. Blinken is on a ten day trip to Cambodia, Philippines, South Africa, Congo, and Rwanda. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

(AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says China should not hold talks on important global matters such as the climate crisis “hostage,” after Beijing cut off contacts with Washington in retaliation for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan earlier this week. Blinken also said in a news conference Saturday in Manila that the U.S. aims to deescalate tensions, which have flared after China launched war drills just off Taiwan and took other retaliatory steps. Pelosi’s trip to the self-governed island outraged China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory to be annexed by force if necessary. Blinken says China’s shutting down cooperation on climate change “doesn’t punish the United States — it punishes the world.”

 

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