- United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken and China’s top diplomat Wang Yi met in Munich amid growing tensions.
- Mr Blinken warned China not to repeat its “irresponsible act” of sending a spy balloon into American airspace.
- Mr Wang told Mr Blinken that their countries’ relations had been damaged by how Washington reacted to the balloon.
He also warned Mr Wang “about the implications and consequences if China provides material support to Russia or assistance with systemic sanctions evasion,” Mr Price said.
Mr Wang “made clear China’s solemn position on the so-called airship incident” and “urged the US side to change course, acknowledge and repair the damage that its excessive use of force caused to China-US relations,” state news agency Xinhua reported.
US reaction ‘hysterical and absurd,’ China says
“We urge the United States not to do such preposterous things simply to divert attention from its own domestic problems.”
China’s Director of the Office of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Wang Yi speaks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich. Source: AAP / Petr David Josek/AP
Asked then if he was planning to meet with the US delegation, Mr Wang had accused Washington of taking a wrong view of China as a serious geopolitical challenge and a threat to the United States.
Hopes for a reset could be tested again soon, with a high-level Pentagon official arriving in Taiwan for a visit, according to a Financial Times report on Friday.
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