US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned China on Sunday not to attack Taiwan amid increased tensions and activities across the Taiwan Strait.

Iran Press/America: The US Secretary of State, when asked if the US would defend Taiwan from a mainland attack, said: “All I can tell you is it would be a serious mistake for anyone to try to change the existing status quo by force.”

The comments come amid growing tensions with China over Taiwan and Beijing’s efforts to take control of a disputed South China Sea reef claimed by US ally the Philippines.

China recently sailed its first aircraft carrier around Taiwan, and a U.S. guided-missile destroyer responded by conducting a transit through the 100-mile-wide Taiwan Strait.

The aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the Navy amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island, with some 2,000 Marines, currently is conducting war games in the South China Sea. 219