The United States on Wednesday said China has shut down some key communication channels and cooperation across several vital issues that affect the entire world.
Speaking at a press briefing, State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel said that Washington continues to seek an open and constructive line of communication to manage our differences.
“We have and will continue to keep the lines of communication open with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Beijing has shut down some key communication channels and cooperation across several vital issues that affect the entire world, but the United States continues to seek an open and constructive line of communication to manage our differences,” said Patel, who is Principal deputy spokesperson, Bureau of Global Public Affairs.
These remarks come following the meeting between US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and the Chinese ambassador to the United States Qin Gang on August 23.
Patel declined to elaborate on the topics or duration of Tuesday’s meeting between the two senior diplomats but said the US continue to take calm and resolute steps to uphold peace and stability in the region as well as support Taiwan in line with the country’s longstanding “one China” policy.
Last week, China has expressed its outrage after Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s visit to Taiwan. This was the second such visit by the US delegation after the short trip of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that angered China and set off military tensions in the Taiwan Strait.
“I landed in Taipei to kick off an economic development trip in Taiwan & South Korea. Indiana’s home to 10 Taiwanese and 12 South Korean businesses. This week marks my 2nd trip to South Korea as Governor and I’m proud to be the first governor to visit Taiwan since before the pandemic,” Holcomb tweeted.