China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi warns Biden not to cross China’s ‘red line’
China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi warned America not to cross the country’s “red line” in a message that reflected the tensions that still prevail in the world’s most important relationship.
Yang, a former foreign minister who is part of the Communist Party’s 25-member Politburo, was addressing the New York based National Committee on US-China Relations.
Yang urged the US to stop “harassing Chinese students, restricting Chinese media outlets, shutting down Confucius Institutes and suppressing Chinese companies” and said Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang affairs were a “red line that must not be crossed.”
Reports said his address was Beijing’s most high-profile message to America after President Joe Biden’s inauguration. It follows Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s remarks that the US should give “haven” to people fleeing political repression in Hong Kong. Blinken has previously said that China’s policies toward its Muslim minority in Xinjiang amounted to genocide.