China ‘won’t hesitate to fight’ if US defends Taiwan

Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe appeared to threaten war with America in remarks on Sunday at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a global security conference in Singapore, saying the Communist Party is ” fight to the end” to annex Taiwan.

Taiwan is a sovereign and democratic island nation off the coast of China. While Taiwan has never been ruled in its history by a state entity headquartered in Beijing and has no tangible governmental ties to communist China, the Party has for decades insisted that Taiwan is a “province of China and forced countries that want diplomatic relations with China. China will not recognize Taiwan as a state – including the United States. America does not recognize Taiwan as a state but sells arms to its government and has discouraged a Chinese military invasion of the country.

Alarm from Chinese officials about America potentially lending a decisive hand to the Taiwanese military against a Chinese invasion has intensified since President Joe Biden took office, as he has repeatedly claimed that a “commitment” exists on the part of Washington to intervene against China in any case. possible invasion. In fact, thanks to President Jimmy Carter, the US government doesn’t even recognize Taiwan as a country, much less maintain military pacts with Taipei.

“Taiwan is the Taiwan of China, period. The Taiwan issue is China’s internal affair,” Wei told attendees of the Shangri-La Dialogue on Sunday, according to Chinese state broadcaster CGTN. “No one should ever underestimate the determination and capabilities of the Chinese armed forces to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

“Those who pursue ‘Taiwan independence’ in an attempt to divide China will certainly achieve nothing and foreign interference is doomed to fail,” he warned, echoing similar language. regularly published in Chinese state propaganda organs. “Let me be clear: if anyone dares to secede Taiwan from China, we will not hesitate to fight, we will fight at all costs and we will fight until the end. This is the only choice for China.

Wei more explicitly threatened America in comments about the competitive nature of relations between the two countries.

“If you want to talk, we have to talk with mutual respect. If you want to engage, we must seek peaceful coexistence. If you want to cooperate, we should pursue mutual benefits and win-win results,” the general suggested. “However, if you want confrontation, we will fight to the end.”

Wei also insisted that the United States “stop smearing and containing China, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, and stop harming China’s interests”.

In addition to routine violent threats against Taiwan — a trend that culminated in 2019 with dictator Xi Jinping proclaiming that anyone who accurately recognized Taiwan as a country would have their “bones pulverized” — Wei echoed the talking points. of his country on China’s alleged contributions to “peaceful development” in the world.

“China’s pace of development is unstoppable and its commitment to the path of peaceful development is unwavering,” Wei said at the conference, according to handpicked highlights released by the Chinese Ministry of Defense. “China’s development is not a threat, but a great contribution to world peace and development.”

China’s biggest development project is the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a global plot to put poor countries into debt by offering them predatory loans, then seizing countries’ territories when they inevitably cannot. not pay. Among the most aggrieved victims of the BRI are Sri Lanka, Kenya and Pakistan.

China world times The government-run newspaper celebrated Wei’s speech on Sunday in an editorial more explicitly threatening America with war if it continues to maintain friendly relations with Taiwan.

“Washington not only overestimates its own abilities to invent lies, but also underestimates China’s determination to safeguard its territorial integrity when it wants to put in place ‘rules’ for China’s internal affairs,” he said. he added. world times concluded, “and also intends to blame China for violating the ‘status quo’.”

The world times claimed Wei’s threats were ‘necessary’ because ‘US continued to expand arms sales to Taiwan, sent members of Congress [sic] and former dignitaries to visit Taiwan, and revised the State Department’s website for the list of facts about US-Taiwanese relations.

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) condemned Wei’s speech later on Sunday, saying his threats “prove that Beijing is the source of regional unrest.”

“The council said it is ‘a fact’ that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait do not belong to each other and that Taiwan has never been part of China,” the report said. Taipei Time. “China ignored the opposition of Taiwan and other countries to its aggressive actions and false statements, and tried to unite with Taiwan by force, MAC said, adding that China will suffer the consequences. interference in Taiwan’s international support”.

“Gen. Wei promised war if Taiwan is separated from China. Such rhetoric is dangerous and provocative, because we have never been ruled by [China]Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu wrote in a statement on Twitter after Wei’s speech.

“History shows that appeasement only invites aggression,” Wu concluded.

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