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US urges China to stop coercing Taiwan

IANS  |  Taipei 

The US has urged to stop coercing and resume dialogue with the government for a peaceful resolution of differences between the two sides, a of the de facto here said on Thursday.

Amanda Mansour's remarks come after several US Senators and lawmakers backed in the wake of last week's speech by Chinese when he refused to rule out the use of military force to achieve reunification with the island, reports news.

"The US has a deep and abiding interest in cross-strait peace and stability. Any resolution of cross-strait differences must be peaceful and based on the will of the people on both sides," Mansour said in reference to Xi's speech.

The in Taiwan is the de facto US Embassy in and represents Washington's interest on the island since 1979 when broke off ties with to establish diplomatic relations with

Over the last two years, the US has approved several pro-Taiwan laws to encourage more exchanges between officials of the two countries, expedite sales of arms to the island and intensify military contacts.

In 2018, for the first time in history, the US opposed the decision by many of Taiwan's diplomatic allies to sever ties with the island and threatened them with reprisals.

For its part, Taiwan promised to support the policy of US for a free and open Indo-Pacific, which, according to many experts, seeks to counter China's growing influence in the area.



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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 14:36 IST