China today (Saturday) addressed the United States and asked it not to send “false” messages to Taiwanese pro-independence forces. According to a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the announcement was made by senior diplomat Wang Yi to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at a meeting between the two.
In addition, according to the Chinese announcement, the two discussed in the future virtual meeting will understand US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday.
China’s warning comes just days after a report was released by the US Department of Defense warning that China has the largest navy in the world. In addition, according to the report, China’s army is the largest, and its air force is the third largest in the world.
The report came amid tensions between Taiwan and China, which peaked last month when it was claimed that more than 50 Chinese Air Force aircraft, including fighter jets and nuclear bombers, had infiltrated Taiwan’s air defense detection area, the highest number recorded to date. A total of nearly 150 aircraft have been reported since that weekend, with China even explicitly declaring in October that anyone who supports Taiwan’s independence will be held criminally liable for life.