China demands US to stop interfering in Taiwan and warns of “taking measures” if island declares independence
Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang on Tuesday demanded that the U.S. stop “interfering now” in Taiwan, adding that Beijing would reserves “the option of taking measures” should the island declare its independence.
“We reserve the option of taking action. should a violative circumstance arise Of the law against secession from the People’s Republic of China. The determination of the Chinese people to defend their sovereignty cannot be underestimated. It is a red line that cannot be crossed,” Qin said at his first public press conference.
The chancellor, who appeared on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People’s Congresssaid that the U.S. “must stop intervening in our internal affairs”.
“Why doesn’t it respect China’s sovereignty on the Taiwan issue and demand us to show that we respect the sovereignty of Ukraine? Why are you sending arms to Taiwan and asking us not to send arms to Russia? If the US wants peace it should stop using Taiwan to contain China and reject and stop Taiwan’s independence,” he said.
Why is the U.S. sending arms to Taiwan and asking us not to send arms to Russia?”
In answering the question about Taiwan, Qin opened a copy of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China.and cited that the island is a “sacred territory”.
“Separatism in Taiwan. is not compatible with peace. The threat is secessionism. And if the US does not change its attitude, its ties with China could be severely damaged,” he said.
“It’s a China issue, period. It’s not something that other countries have to intervene on.. Some US officials have said otherwise, we reject that and we are vigilant about it,” he added.
“You can’t underestimate the determination of the Chinese people to defend their sovereignty. It is a red line that cannot be crossed. If the US wants a calm and peaceful Taiwan Strait, it must stop using Taiwan to contain China and reject and stop Taiwan’s independence,” he insisted.
China will fight for the country’s reunification
China will “resolutely” fight against Taiwan’s “independence” and “for the reunification of the motherland,” advanced last Sunday government action report read by outgoing Premier Li Keqiang during the inauguration of the PNA.
“We have to put into practice the strategy of the Communist Party on the Taiwan issue, that is, to fight resolutely against its ‘independence’ and for the reunification of the motherland,” Li said.
Beijing-Taipei Relations. deteriorated last summer following a visit to the island by then Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, which raised tensions in the strait to unprecedented highs in years.
Taiwan, with which the U.S. country does not maintain official relations, is one of the major sources of conflict between China and the U.S., mainly because it Washington is the main supplier of arms to Taiwan. and would be its major military ally in the event of a war with the Asian giant.
Beijing claims sovereignty over the self-governing island. since 1949 when the Kuomintang nationalists retreated there after losing the war against the communist army.
China announced that it will increase its Defense spending by 7.2% this year to 1.55 trillion yuan ($224.384 billion, 210.685 billion euros) after the item grew by 7.1% in 2022.according to a report to be reviewed in the coming days by the PNA.