China threatens war if US interferes with possible invasion of Taiwan

China’s defense minister threatened all-out war as he discussed Taiwan independence at a meeting between senior Chinese and US military officials. The threats were made on Friday during the first face-off between US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe.

“If anyone dares to separate Taiwan from China, the Chinese military will certainly not hesitate to start a war at all costs,” warned Chinese defense spokesman Wu Qian – quoting General Wei.

The slashing continued as China’s defense minister said Beijing would “smash” any effort to maintain Taiwan’s independence. The ministry swore that Taiwan would be part of China for the “unification of the motherland”.

At the 30-minute Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore, General Wei “stressed that Taiwan is China’s Taiwan…Using Taiwan to contain China will never prevail.”

Qian said the meeting was a “good start” to resume normal military dialogue, and the two countries agreed to continue communicating.

Austin pointed out that there had been “a steady increase in provocative and destabilizing military activity near Taiwan.”

Austin called on China “to refrain from further destabilizing actions toward Taiwan.”

“We remain focused on maintaining peace, stability and the status quo across the Taiwan Strait,” Austin proclaimed. “But the PRC’s actions threaten to undermine security, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.”

Austin alluded to a parallel with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, saying that the indefensible aggression against a peaceful neighbor galvanized the world and… reminded us all of the dangers of undermining an international order rooted in rules and respect.

Austin added: “The rules-based international order is just as important in the Indo-Pacific as it is in Europe.”

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is what happens when the oppressors trample on the rules that protect us all,” Austin said. “This is what happens when great powers decide that their imperial appetites matter more than the rights of their peaceful neighbours. And it’s a glimpse into a possible world of chaos and turmoil in which none of us would like to live.”

Austin said the United States was committed to “helping Taiwan maintain sufficient self-defense capability.”

The Pentagon released a statement regarding the meeting.

“Secretary Austin discussed the need to responsibly manage competition and maintain open lines of communication,” the statement said. “The Secretary stressed the importance for the People’s Liberation Army to engage in substantive dialogue on improving crisis communications and reducing strategic risks.”

“Secretary Austin discussed global and regional security issues, including the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine,” the Pentagon said.

Austin told his counterpart that the United States “remains committed to our longstanding one China policy.”

The Center for Strategic and International Studies defines the One China Policy as follows: “The United States recognizes the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as the sole legal government of China, but recognizes only the Chinese position that Taiwan is part of China, so the United States has formal relations with the PRC and has unofficial relations with Taiwan.”

Last month, President Joe Biden broke the strategic ambiguity over whether the United States would defend Taiwan against an invasion by China.

When asked if the United States would militarily defend Taiwan in the event of a CCP invasion, President Biden replied, “Yes…that is the commitment we made. The idea that he [Taiwan] can be taken by force…just not appropriate. It will dislocate the whole region and will be another action similar to what happened in Ukraine.”

The Taipei Times reported this week that Beijing believes the Chinese military will be ready to invade Taiwan by 2027.

“In recent years, China has stationed an increasing number of warships along its southeast coast as it seeks to maintain its military edge in the region and attempts to build an intelligence warfare system. by 2027,” the report says. “By 2027, China is expected to possess regional air defense capabilities and long-range sea and air strike systems, which would greatly expand its combat range, following the introduction of its Liaoning and Shandong aircraft carriers. , a second-generation Type 003 ship, as well as serial production of Type 055 destroyers, Y-20 tanker aircraft and J-20 fighters.”

Taiwan and China separated in a civil war in 1949, and Taiwan has since been self-governing. China says Taiwan is a breakaway province.

CCP leader Xi Jinping has vowed to reclaim Taiwan.

“No one should underestimate the Chinese people’s firm determination, firm will and strong ability to uphold national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Xi said last year. “The historic task of the complete reunification of the motherland must be accomplished and will certainly be accomplished.”

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