China has given the U.S. an ultimatum: “co-operation or conflict.”
This is the point of a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese top foreign policy official, Wang Yi.
Chinese reporting on the meeting had Mr. Wang saying this: “It is necessary to make a choice between dialogue and confrontation, cooperation or conflict.”
He stressed that China is not willing to compromise on Taiwan so the U.S. should tone down the rhetoric on this given the official one-China policy.
A spokesperson for Secretary Blinken called the meeting “candid, substantive and constructive.”
This is the meeting that was scheduled for February but delayed due to the Chinese spy balloon that turned out to be neither Chinese nor spy-craft nor a balloon.