Beijing reportedly told the top US diplomat that the leading candidate in the Taipei election could cause new tensions

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Chinese officials have warned US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that the actions of Taiwan’s “pro-independence” vice president, Lai Ching-te, could exacerbate tensions between Beijing and Taipei, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people briefed on the matter.

The conversation reportedly took place during Blinken’s visit to China last week, where he met with President Xi Jinping.

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According to the WSJ, Blinken was asked if the US saw Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as a friend, and whether Washington had “a vested interest” in the outcome of the presidential election, which will take place on the island in January.

Blinken reportedly insisted that the US would be “even-handed” on the election and that Washington did not support outside meddling in the voting process.

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