BEIJING: China warned Monday that the United States should not underestimate its “strong ability” to protect its territory after President Joe Biden in Tokyo said Washington could “militarily” defend Taiwan, an autonomous democracy that Beijing says is a breakaway region and has not ruled out using force to reunite it.
No one should underestimate China’s “determined determination, steadfast will and strong ability” to protect the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Monday.
Biden was asked directly whether the United States would defend Taiwan militarily if China invaded at a press conference in Tokyo earlier in the day. “Yes … that is the commitment we have made,” Biden said, referring to an agreement between Washington and Taipei.
“They (China) are already flirting with danger right now by flying so close and all the maneuvers they are making,” Biden said, referring to the growing number of Chinese fighter jets flying into Taiwan’s self-proclaimed air defense zone across Taiwan Strait. .
The bid’s trip to East Asia, Tuesday’s Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad Summit and the US Indo-Pacific strategy have already come under sharp criticism from China, which has said the bloc is encouraging confrontation in the region.
Biden’s Taiwan statement led to more no-confidence vote from China.
“On issues affecting China’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and other core interests, no one should expect China to compromise or weigh up,” Wang was quoted as saying by China’s national broadcaster, warning the United States not to stand on the opposite. side of the 1.4 billion Chinese.
Wang said the United States should follow the one-China principle and the provisions of the three joint communications between China and the United States and honor its commitment not to support “Taiwan’s independence.”
The Chinese state minister and foreign minister, Wang Yi, spoke of a multilateral over video link, each launching another salvo of criticism against the United States.
Wang called on the Asia-Pacific countries to reject any attempt to introduce military bloc or camp confrontations in the region in a reference to the Quad, which he has previously equated with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Wang made the remarks while delivering a virtual speech at the opening ceremony of the 78th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia-Pacific (ESCAP). “… we should unwaveringly secure peace and stability, uphold the aims and principles of the UN Charter and unequivocally reject any attempt to impose military blocs and bloc confrontations in the Asia-Pacific region,” Wang said.
“The peace and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region is not only about the fate of the region, but also about the future of the world,” he said.