China slams Joe Biden's 'serious' comments on Taiwan
US President Joe Biden
China on Monday denounced comments by US President Joe Biden, who assured that the United States would defend Taiwan in the event of Chinese intervention. She sees it as a “serious violation” of Washington's promises to Beijing.
This sends a bad, serious signal [of support] to the separatist forces campaigning for Taiwan independence, Mao Ning, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, lambasted in front of the press.
During an interview broadcast this weekend, American television CBS asked Joe Biden if Americans would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion.
Yes, if an unprecedented attack were to occur, replied the American president.
A White House spokesman then told AFP on Sunday night that US policy toward Taiwan had not changed.
China considers Taiwan, with a population of 23 million, to be one of its provinces, although it has yet to successfully reunite it with the rest of its territory since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949.
In seven decades, the communist army could never conquer the island, which remained under the control of the Republic of China – the regime that once ruled mainland China and no longer rules today. x27; today than Taiwan.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen during a visit to Penghu Islands, August 30, 2022.
During his interview, the President of the United States assured that he was not encouraging the island to declare its independence.
Joe Biden's remarks constitute a serious violation of the United States' important commitment not to support Taiwanese independence, spokeswoman Mao Ning stressed.
Through three joint communiqués signed in 1972, 1979 and 1982, the United States undertook in particular to recognize the Beijing government as the sole legitimate representative of China.
Washington had also recognized the Chinese position that there is only one China and that Taiwan is part of China, according to the text of the 1982 press release published on the site of the Embassy of China. China to the United States.
On the Taiwan side, Joe Biden's remarks were welcomed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which expressed its sincere gratitude.
< p class="e-p">In the face of China's military expansion and provocative actions, our government will continue to strengthen its self-defense capabilities, he said in a statement.
The Taiwanese military has been conducting military exercises in recent months to prepare for a Chinese invasion.
Joe Biden had already affirmed at the end of May that the United States would intervene militarily to support Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion. He then went back, affirming his attachment to strategic ambiguity.
This deliberately vague concept, which has governed Washington's Taiwanese policy for decades, consists for the States States to refrain from saying whether or not they would intervene militarily to defend Taiwan in the event of an invasion.
The United States and Taiwan have grown closer in recent years. This has contributed to straining Beijing-Washington relations, now at their lowest in decades.
Wednesday, a bill, which notably provides for the first direct military aid from the United States in Taiwan, achieved a key milestone in the US Congress.
A few days earlier, Washington announced a $1.1 billion arms sale to Taipei.< /p>
In early August, a visit to Taiwan by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was seen by Beijing as a provocation.
We are ready, with utmost sincerity, to do our best to work for peaceful reunification, Chinese spokesperson Mao Ning said Monday.
But we will not tolerate any action seeking secession and we reserve the right to take any action necessary.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning condemned the US president's remarks.
Beijing has been mounting economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Taipei since the 2016 rise to power of current Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who was born in Taiwan. x27;a pro-independence party.
Since 1979, the United States has recognized only one Chinese government, that of Beijing. But they continue to provide support to the Taiwanese authorities, including through significant arms sales.
We urge the US side to fully recognize the x27;extreme importance and high sensitivity of the Taiwan issue […] so as not to further harm China-US relations, Mao Ning said.