Wednesday, June 29, 2022

China vows no concessions on Taiwan after Biden’s comments

BEIJING (NWN) – China said on Friday that there is “no room” for compromise or concessions on the Taiwan issue, following a remark by US President Joe Biden that the US remains committed to defending the island if it is attacked. .

Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin reiterated China’s longstanding claim that the island is its territory at a daily briefing a day before Biden made his remarks at a forum hosted by CNN.

China recently threatened to bring Taiwan under its control by flying warplanes near the island and rehearsing a beach landing.

“When it comes to issues concerning China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and other core interests, there is no room for China to compromise or make concessions, and anyone determined to defend the Chinese people, The strong will and strong ability should not be underestimated. National sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Wang said.

“Taiwan is an inseparable part of China’s territory. The Taiwan issue is purely an internal matter of China which does not allow any foreign interference.

Biden’s comments on Thursday were seen as “strategic ambiguity” Washington has maintained on how it will respond to an attack on the self-governing island republic.

The United States “should be vigilant with its words and actions on the Taiwan issue, and not send any false signals to the separatist forces of Taiwan’s independence, so as not to seriously damage Sino-US relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.” ” Wang said.

At the White House, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that Biden’s comments about Taiwan were not meant to signal a change in attitude.

“I can tell you that our policy hasn’t changed,” Saki said. “They did not intend to inform the policy change, nor have they decided to change our policy.”

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In his comments, Biden said the US did not want a new Cold War, but expressed concern about whether China was “going to engage in activities that would put them in a position where they could make a grave mistake.” Huh.”

“I just want to explain to China that we are not going to back down, we are not going to change any of our views.” Biden said. Asked if the US would come to Taiwan’s defense if it were attacked, he replied: “Yes, we are committed to doing so.”

Asked on Friday whether the US would defend Taiwan if the island was invaded by China, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told a reporter that he would not discuss hypothetical situations, but added, “Any Don’t want to see cross-strait issues erupt – certainly not President Biden, and there’s no reason it should be.” Speaking in Brussels after a meeting of NATO defense ministers, Austin said Washington remains committed to its “one China” policy.

In Taipei, a spokesman for freedom-minded President Tsai Ing-wen said the US had shown its support for Taiwan through concrete actions and that the island’s 23 million citizens would not surrender under pressure or act in haste.

Spokesperson Chang Tun-han said, “Taiwan will demonstrate our determination to defend itself and continue to work with countries with similar values ​​to make a positive contribution to the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait and the Indo-Pacific region.” Will keep.”

In 1949, China and Taiwan separated during the civil war. The US cut formal diplomatic ties with Taipei in 1979 to recognize Beijing. The US does not openly oppose China’s claim on Taiwan, but is committed by law to ensure that the island can defend itself and treats all threats to it as matters of “grave concern”.

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Under President Xi Jinping, who is also the leader of the Communist Party and head of the armed forces, China is increasing military, diplomatic and economic pressure on Taiwan. On its National Day weekend earlier in the month, China sent a record 149 military aircraft in strike group formations to the southwest of Taiwan, prompting Taiwan to scramble the planes and activate its air defense missile systems.

China recently conducted beach landing exercises in its part of the nearly 160-kilometre (100-mile)-wide Taiwan Strait, which, like an aircraft incursion, described as a warning to Tsai’s administration.

The US has strengthened its support for Taiwan with military sales. State Department spokesman Ned Price said this month that US support for Taiwan is “rock solid”. “The US is also very clear that we are committed to deepening our relationship with Taiwan,” Price said.

On Wednesday, Biden’s choice for ambassador to Beijing, Nicholas Burns, while considering his nomination told lawmakers that Americans “must rely on our strength” to deal with the rise of China, a nation that said the US and His associates can manage.

Burns echoed the Biden administration’s stance to cooperate with China where possible, but also including its policies toward the semi-autonomous region of Taiwan and Hong Kong, where it has virtually eliminated dissident voices through harsh legislation and arrests. denounced many of its actions.


NWN national security writer Robert Burns in Washington, DC contributed to this report.


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