Chinese authorities blasted on Monday President Biden’s statements on the US defending Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion and have lodged stern representations with the United States, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said.
According to the Chinese diplomat, Biden’s statement grossly violates the One China principle, Washington’s important commitment not to support Taiwan’s independence, and the provisions of the three joint China-US communiqués and sends wrong signals to Taiwan’s pro-independence separatist forces.
Ning stressed at a regular media briefing that China reserves the right to take all necessary measures in response to activities that split the nation apart, warning that Beijing will not tolerate any activities aimed at secession though it is willing to strive for peaceful reunification when it comes to Taiwan.
She warned Washington against seriously damaging Sino-US relations and the peace in the Taiwan Strait, reiterating that there is only one China in the world, Taiwan is part of China, and the Beijing government is the only legitimate government of China.
In an interview with CBS over the weekend, President Biden pointed out that Washington is prepared to defend Taiwan with military force if Beijing tried to unleash a military conflict, noting, at the same time, that the US does not encourage Taiwan’s aspirations to gain independence.
CIA Deputy Director David Cohen said last week that Chinese President Xi Jinping allegedly instructed the Chinese military to prepare to establish military control over Taiwan by 2027.
The already tense situation around Taiwan escalated last month following Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei in the capacity of the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the US Congress.
Beijing promptly responded by imposing sanctions on two Taiwanese foundations, Pelosi herself and her relatives, and launched large-scale military exercises off Taiwan’s coast.