Blinken and Wang Yi Discuss Key Issues Including Taiwan and Ukraine in Germany

WASHINGTON — During discussions held in Germany on Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi engaged in comprehensive talks on several pressing regional and global matters. Their conversation spanned topics such as the Korean Peninsula, Taiwan, and Russia's conflict in Ukraine, according to a statement from the State Department.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the dialogue occurred on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. This meeting is part of the United States' efforts to manage its strategic rivalry with China in a responsible manner, focusing on enhancing bilateral communication and implementing other relevant measures.

Miller provided details on the discussions, noting that both parties agreed on the need for senior officials from their respective countries to convene and continue conversations on these significant issues. While specifics on the discussions regarding the Korean Peninsula were not disclosed, the talks were anticipated to cover North Korea's increasing military challenges.

The importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and in the South China Sea was a critical point of emphasis for Blinken. He also expressed concerns regarding China's support for Russia amidst the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, particularly highlighting the support for Russia's defense industrial base.

Furthermore, Blinken underscored the significance of building on the progress achieved during the summit between President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping in November in California. This includes areas such as counternarcotics efforts and military-to-military communication.

Miller's statement highlighted Blinken's commitment to defending the interests and values of the United States, as well as those of its allies and partners. The discussions also underscored the mutual recognition of the importance of maintaining open lines of communication on a variety of strategic issues. Both sides anticipate further consultations and high-level meetings on key topics in the months ahead.

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