Wang Yi on China-U.S. relations
- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivered a speech (Zh/En) at Asia Society's headquarters in New York on Thursday. Wang said the U.S.’s perceptions about China, the world, and itself are the crux of the problems between the U.S. and China. “Be it full confrontation or strategic competition, both have deviated from the right course of China-U.S. relations,” he added. Wang also pointed out the right way for the two countries to get along — “mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and win-win cooperation,” citing President Xi Jinping.
Wang Yi meets with Blinken
- On Friday, Wang Yi met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the margins of the 77th UN General Assembly (China: Zh/En; U.S.: En). Both sides agreed to “maintain open lines of communication.”
- Wang stated China’s “stern position” over the U.S. actions on Taiwan, saying they sent out “a truly wrong and dangerous signal.” He further urged the U.S. “unequivocally state its opposition to any ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist activity.” Regarding the island, Binken stressed the importance of peace and stability across the Strait.
- Blinken also highlighted “the implications if the PRC were to provide support to Moscow’s invasion of a sovereign state.” China’s readout did not give details about their discussions on the Ukraine crisis.
U.S.-Philippines strengthen military relations
- The U.S. and the Philippines will send 16,000 troops to their annual Balikatan (Shoulder-to-Shoulder) Exercises next year, nearly twice the number of this year’s participants. The joint drills held earlier this year involved 9,000 soldiers and were already the largest ever between the two countries. The two sides will hold their annual bilateral talks of defense ministers in Hawaii next week.
- On Thursday, U.S. President Joe Biden and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. held talks on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. Biden reaffirmed the “ironclad commitment” to the Philippines’ defense. The leaders also “discussed the situation in the South China Sea and underscored their support for freedom of navigation and overflight and the peaceful resolution of disputes,” according to the U.S. readout.
- Soon after the meeting, President Marcos signaled attempts to renew the discussions with Beijing on joint exploration of oil and gas in the South China Sea.
U.S. in talks to help Australia build nuclear subs
- The U.S. and Britain are in talks with Canberra to accelerate the creation of nuclear-powered submarines for Australia under their trilateral AUKUS arrangement. The plan is to allow Australia to have its first nuclear-powered fleets by the mid-2030s, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Solomons ‘unfairly targeted’ due to relations with China
- “The Solomon Islands have been unfairly targeted since formalizing diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China just over three years ago,” Prime Minister of the country, Manasseh Sogavare, said. He made the remarks at the U.N. General Assembly, where he also said, “We have been subjected to a barrage of unwarranted and misplaced criticisms, misinformation and intimidations that threatens our democracy and sovereignty.”
U.S. revokes Afghanistan’s ‘major non-NATO ally’ designation
- The U.S. will no longer classify Afghanistan as a major non-NATO ally (MNNA), according to a White House memorandum on Friday. By terminating the position that Afghanistan has been holding since 2012, the U.S. officially downgraded its defense and economic relations with the Taliban-led country. The Taliban came into power soon after the U.S. withdrew its forces from Afghanistan last year.
China sells more heating products to Europe
- The exports of China’s heating products to Europe surged in the first half of this year as Russia cut its gas supply to some countries on the continent. The EU’s demand for China’s solar panels from January to August more than doubled from the same period in 2021.