Chinese Defense Ministry announces readiness to fight for Taiwan

The Chinese military will take any measures to prevent the separation of Taiwan from the country, will protect the territorial integrity, said the Chinese Ministry of Defense

Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian

The Chinese army will use any means to fight in an attempt to separate Taiwan, the spokesman said Ministry of Defense of the People's Republic of China Wu Qian at a press conference after the meeting of Minister Wei Fenghe with his American colleague Austin Lloyd at the Shangri-La Dialogue international security conference in Singapore. The video was published by CGTN.

“If anyone dares to separate Taiwan from China, the Chinese army will have no choice but to fight with all means and take all necessary measures to stop any attempts by Taiwanese separatists,” Qian said.

He added that the Chinese military will vigorously defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

At their first face-to-face meeting, Fenghe and Austin reached an agreement that that the military of the two countries must maintain a key consensus, maintain frequent contacts and manage risks and crises, reports The Global Times.

The Chinese minister reminded his American colleague that the principle of one China is fundamental to the relations between the two countries. The US's recent announcement of arms sales to Taiwan violated it, as well as three joint communiqués, damaging China's sovereignty and security interests, Fenghe said. He also stressed that attempts to contain the PRC with the Taiwan issue would end in failure.

Austin reaffirmed the United States' commitment to the One China principle, stressed the importance of peace and stability on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, and countering unilateral changes in the status quo, the Pentagon said. The American minister urged the Chinese authorities to refrain from further destabilizing actions against Taiwan.

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Taiwan— an island in the South China Sea, which is located about 150 km from the coast of China. The territory declared secession from the country in 1949, during the revolution, but Beijing did not recognize this decision and still considers it one of the Chinese provinces.

The United States and Russia support the principle one China. At the same time, China is called the main threat to the region, and Taiwan— containment tool.

There are no diplomatic relations between Washington and Taiwan. However, the United States has a “Taiwan Relations Act,” which provides for defensive assistance from Washington in the event of an external threat to Taiwan's security. The United States sells weapons to the island's authorities.

The Chinese authorities accuse the country of provoking a confrontation. Beijing emphasizes that the Taiwan issue does not tolerate outside interference.

On May 23, US President Joe Biden said that the United States is ready for a military response to China's use of force against Taiwan. He said that the country adheres to the policy of one China, but this does not mean that the PRC authorities have the right to use force to seize Taiwan.

On the same day, the Chinese Foreign Ministry protested to the United States because of Biden's statement. “China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and strong protest at the American side's statement. Taiwan is an inalienable part of the territory of China»,— Wang Wenbin, spokesman for the department, emphasized.

A few days later, The New York Times, citing US officials, wrote that the White House had stepped up efforts to re-equip Taiwan's defense system so that the military islands could repel a possible Chinese attack.

According to the newspaper, the United States planned to widely equip Taiwan with American weapons. US Officials Secretly Recommend Taiwanese Authorities to Buy Weapons for Asymmetric Warfare— conflict, in which small armed forces use mobile systems to strike at a superior enemy.

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