The Kremlin warns the United States of “provocative” moves towards China

Moscow (AP) -Friday’s Kremlin warned the United States of “provocative” moves that could exacerbate the situation by providing strong support to China in tensions over Taiwan.

China’s President Xi Jinping called on Thursday with US President Joe Biden to warn him not to interfere with China’s deal with Taiwan.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a meeting with reporters that Russia firmly supports China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“I don’t think other countries have the right to suspicion or take provocative measures,” Peskoff said.

He warned the United States of “destructive” movements, saying, “Such actions on the international arena only exacerbate tensions, as the world is already overloaded with regional and global issues. Is. “

The harsh statement reflects the closer relationship between Moscow and Beijing, which has become stronger since Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24. In Moscow.

The Chinese government did not suggest that Xi and Biden had discussed plans for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to visit Taiwan. However, Xi rejected “external interference” that could encourage Taiwan to try to make its de facto independence decades ago permanent.

“It is the firm will of more than 1.4 billion Chinese to protect China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Friday. “People who play with fire will be destroyed by it.”

Chinese leaders usually seem to outpace political controversy, and Mr. Nishi’s harsh words, with frank and positive comments, understand the seriousness of Washington’s previous warning about Taiwan. He suggested that he might believe that he did not.

Taiwan and China split in 1949 after a civil war that ended with a communist victory on the mainland. They have no official relationship, but are linked by billions of dollars in trade and investment. Both sides say they are one country, but there is disagreement over which government has the right to take national leadership.