A "serious mistake" should China strike at Taiwan, says US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday said "it would be a serious mistake" for China to strike at Taiwan and expressed "real concerns" about Russia's massing of forces on the border with Ukraine.

In addressing concerns about America's two great Cold War rivals, Blinken stopped short of promising US military intervention, saying "I'm not going to get into hypotheticals". He did, however, promise there would be "consequences".

Speaking to host Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press," Blinken said of Chinese belligerence toward Taiwan, which Beijing regards as its territory, said "We have a commitment to Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act, a bipartisan commitment that's existed for many, many years, to make sure that Taiwan has the ability to defend itself, and to make sure that we're sustaining peace and security in the Western Pacific. We stand behind those commitments.

"And all I can tell you is it would be a serious mistake for anyone to try to change the existing status quo by force."

Image: U.S. Department of State via Wikipedia.

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