Taiwan’s integration with mainland China is the major political plank for Xi, 68, who is widely expected to be approved for an unprecedented third term in power this year by a once-in-five-year congress of the ruling Communist Party. to meet in the next few months.
China sees Taiwan as an apostate province that should be reunited with the mainland, if necessary by force. The United States has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but sells arms to it as part of its Taiwan Relations Act, which says the United States must provide the island with the means to defend itself.
At the same time, Washington maintains formal diplomatic relations with China and also recognizes Beijing’s position that there is only one Chinese government.
So far, successive U.S. administrations have maintained what was officially termed strategic ambiguity in tacitly supporting Taiwan while publicly asserting commitment to the One China policy.
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“We apologize and reject the US remarks,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a media briefing here shortly after Biden unequivocally stated that Washington’s new position reveals the strategic ambiguity of successive US presidents over Taiwan, an alienated one. self-governing island, which steadfastly resisted. Beijing’s attempts to integrate with the mainland.
It is important that Biden outlined the new US policy in Tokyo while speaking at a joint press conference with the Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says America will stand with Japan and other nations not to let China take over Taiwan by force.
Wang reiterated that “Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory, and the Taiwan issue is purely China’s internal affairs, which does not give rise to foreign interference.”
“On issues relating to China’s core interests, including its sovereignty and territorial integrity, there is no room for compromise or concessions,” he said, warning that “China will take firm action to protect its sovereignty and security interests. We will be true to our word. ”
He called on the United States to adhere to the “China policy”, which recognizes Taiwan as part of mainland China and refrains from sending the wrong message to Taiwan’s independence forces.
Wang also took exception to the fact that Biden compared any action on the part of China to forcibly take over Taiwan similar to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“The Taiwan issue and the Ukraine issue are fundamentally different. Comparing the two is absurd,” he said.
Observers say Biden‘s position to militarily defend Taiwan against Chinese aggression will strengthen pro-independent forces led by Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and cast a shadow over Xi’s often repeated strong claims to integrate the alienated island with the mainland.
Xi, who enjoys the status of Mao Zedong, the founder of the ruling Communist Party, is currently preparing for an unprecedented third term, in which he rescinds the convention on two to five-year terms, followed by all his predecessors.
Reports from Taipei quoted Taiwan’s foreign ministry as welcoming Biden’s comments to “reaffirm” Washington’s “firm commitment to Taiwan” and would deepen cooperation with countries including the United States and Japan.
“China’s challenges to security in the Taiwan Strait have aroused great concern in the international community,” said a spokesman for Taiwan’s foreign ministry.
“The firm will of our government to defend Taiwan’s freedom, democracy and security has never changed,” the spokesman said.
In video clips from Biden’s press conference, the US leader struck a nuanced stance on Washington’s policy toward Taiwan, the post-Russian invasion of Ukraine in which America was not militarily involved.
Biden said, “if there is no rapprochement between Ukraine and Russia and sanctions are not maintained in many ways, that signal then sends it to China to try to take Taiwan by force”.
“They are already flirting with danger by flying so close and all the maneuvers they make,” he said, referring to frequent attempts by Beijing to send hundreds of military planes into Taiwan airspace to intimidate Taipei.
“The United States is committed to supporting the One China policy, which does not mean that China has jurisdiction to use force to take over Taiwan,” Biden said.
“We stand firm with Japan and other nations not to let that happen. I expect it will not happen, it will not be tried,” he said.
“My expectation is that much of it depends on how strongly the world makes it clear that this kind of action will result in long-term disapproval of the rest of society,” Biden said.
When asked if the United States is willing to engage militarily to defend Taiwan, Biden said “yes.”
“That is the commitment we have made. Here is the situation: We agree on the One China policy. We signed it and all the associated agreements that were made from there.”
“But the idea that it can be taken by force is just not appropriate, it will displace the whole region and be another action similar to what happened in Ukraine. So it is a burden that is even stronger,” he said. he.