Beijing vows no concessions…
BEIJING — China said Friday that there was “no room” to compromise or make concessions on the Taiwan issue. This follows a statement by Joe Biden, the U.S. President, that the U.S. will defend the island if attacked. At a daily briefing, Wang Wenbin, spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, reiterated China’s long-standing claim that Taiwan is its territory. This was after Biden had made the comment at a CNN forum.
China recently increased its threat to take Taiwan under its control with force by flying warplanes close to the island and practicing beach landings.
” When it comes to China’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and other core interests, there’s no room for China.
“Taiwan are an inalienable portion of China’s territory. Wang stated that the Taiwan issue is an internal matter of China and does not allow for foreign intervention.
Biden’s remarks on Thursday were seen as stretching the “strategic uncertainty” Washington maintains over how it would react to an attack on the self-governing island nation. Wang stated that the U.S. should be cautious in its actions and words on Taiwan and not send “false signals” to separatist forces of Taiwan independence. This would avoid serious damage to relations between the U.S. and China and the stability and peace in the Taiwan Strait.
Biden stated that the U.S. would not support Taiwan’s defense if it was attacked, but also expressed concern that China might “engage in activities that could put them in a situation where they may make serious mistakes.”
When asked if the U.S. would help Taiwan defend itself if attacked, Biden replied that he did.
A spokesperson for the independence-minded President TsaiIng-wen stated that the U.S. has demonstrated its support for Taiwan by taking concrete actions, and that the island’s 23million citizens will not bow to pressure or act in haste. “
“Taiwan will show our firm determination and continue to collaborate with countries with like values to make positive contributions toward the Taiwan Strait’s stability and peace.” spokesperson Chang Tun-han stated.
China and Taiwan were divided during a civil conflict in 1949.. To recognize Beijing, the U.S. ended its formal diplomatic relations in 1979 with Taipei. Although the U.S. does no openly dispute China’s claim on Taiwan, it is bound by law to protect the island and treat all threats to it as “grave concerns.”
China has increased its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure on Taiwan under President Xi Jinping. China sent a record 149 number of military aircraft southwest of Taiwan during its National Day weekend. This prompted Taiwan to activate its air defense missile system and scramble its aircraft. China recently conducted beach landing exercises along the approximately 160-kilometer mile-wide Taiwan Strait. This exercise was described by China as a warning to Tsai. The U.S. has increased its support for Taiwan through military sales. Ned Price, a spokesperson for the State Department, stated this month that American support for Taiwan was “rock solid.” He also said that the U.S. had “also been very explicit that we are committed” to strengthening ties with Taiwan.
On Wednesday Nicholas Burns, Biden’s nominee for ambassador to Beijing was clear that Americans must “have confidence and trust in our strength” as they deal with China’s rise. He said that the U.S. could manage China.
Burns agreed with the Biden administration that China should be cooperated where possible, but condemned many of China’s actions, such as its policies towards Taiwan and the semi-autonomous territory Hong Kong where it has effectively eliminated dissident voices by stiff legislation and arrests.