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China Daily | Senior Chinese, US officials hold talks in Rome, 15 Mar
By press time, few details were known about the meeting, but the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the key issue is to implement the important consensus reached by the Chinese and US heads of state at their virtual summit in November [2021].
US Americans: wut summit?
The Taiwan question has been the most sensitive in the China-US relationship. The Foreign Ministry expressed strong opposition to the US on Monday for its adoption of a fiscal omnibus bill--the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 [ H.R. 2471]--which carries a Taiwan-related provision.
east asia and the pacific
Sec. 7043.
(a) Burma.-- [??!]
(c) Indo-Pacific Strategy and the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018.--
(3) Restriction on uses of funds.--None of the funds appropriated by this Act and prior Acts making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs may be made available for any project or activity that directly supports or promotes--
(A) the Belt and Road Initiative or any dual-use infrastructure projects of the People's Republic of China; and
(B) the use of technology, including biotechnology, digital, telecommunications, and cyber, developed by the People's Republic of China unless the Secretary of State, in consultation with the USAID Administrator and the heads of other Federal agencies, as appropriate, determines that such use does not adversely impact the national security of the United States.
(4) Maps.--None of the funds made available by this Act should be used to create, procure, or display any map that inaccurately depicts the territory and social and economic system of Taiwan and the islands or island groups administered by Taiwan authorities.
The US' move grossly interferes in China's domestic affairs in an attempt to engage in political manipulation by using the so-called issue of the Taiwan map to create "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan", said Zhao, the ministry spokesman, on Monday.

Global Times | US fails to trap China over Ukraine at Yang-Sullivan meeting, 15 Mar 2022
Some Chinese experts believe that the Rome meeting was an occasion for the senior Chinese official to straightforwardly lay out the country's consistent position on the Ukraine issue, when the US-led West continued to pressure China to "pick a side."
(China: Ima tell youse this much. We are not on the side of bullshit.
Not only has the US failed to understand the essence of the China-Russia relationship, it also maliciously connected the Ukraine crisis with the Taiwan question, despite the different nature of the two issues, some experts said, noting that with the strategic composure, China has not fallen into this trap.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs | Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on March 15, 2022. AFP is hard of hearing.
... What the US should do is to deeply reflect its role in the evolving situation of the Ukraine crisis, and do more things that can help to ease the situation. ...
by Cat on Tue Mar 15th, 2022 at 09:27:50 PM EST
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