China’s Defense Ministry again accused Washington of taking “provocative” actions related to the island.
China’s defense ministry says there is “no room for compromise” with the United States when it comes to Taiwan, the latest salvo in a war of words and posture on the self-governing island that Beijing considers a renegade province. .
When asked about US-China relations at a news conference on Thursday, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said that having a healthy and stable relationship benefits both sides.
“However, for some time, the US side has said a lot of irresponsible and a lot of provocative talk on Taiwan, the South China Sea and the closure of reconnaissance by warships and aircraft,” he said.
The comments come a day after President Joe Biden’s administration invited to taiwan For its upcoming virtual summit for democracy amid tensions already on the island.
Taipei was the only government on the invitation list that Washington does not recognize as a sovereign state. Its involvement was welcomed by Taipei and condemned by Beijing.
The US maintains a policy of strategic ambiguity towards Taiwan, offers economic and military aid, and regularly regards Taipei as a symbol of democracy.
On Thursday, Wu said that some aspects of China’s sovereignty cannot be violated.
“Especially on the issue of Taiwan, China has no room for compromise and the American side should not have any illusions about it,” he said.
Beijing has not ruled out annexation of Taiwan by force and is pressure on other countries To downgrade or end ties with the island. this is operate fast Exercises carried out to flex China’s military near the island in recent months.
After a virtual summit in early November between Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, state media reported that China’s leader had cautioned Biden that encouraging Taiwan’s independence would be “playing with fire”.
According to the White House, Biden told Xi “the United States strongly opposes unilateral attempts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits.”
On Tuesday the US Navy said its missile destroyer was sail through The Taiwan Strait is the first such exercise since the Baiden-Xi summit.
periodic american maneuvers usually angry Beijing, which considers the waterway as part of its territory.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian condemned the transit, calling it “a deliberate attempt to disrupt and undermine regional peace and stability”.