China-America Tensions: China on Monday categorically told the US that it will not tolerate any activity aimed at dividing the country and will take all necessary steps to protect its sovereignty. China said that it will make sincere efforts for the peaceful reunification of Taiwan.
This remark of China is being seen as a response to US President Joe Biden’s statement regarding Taiwan. Biden had said that if China tries to attack self-ruled Taiwan, the US military will protect it. Actually, China claims this self-governing island.
In an interview during the ’60 Minutes’ program broadcast on the news channel ‘CBS News’, Joe Biden was asked on Sunday “If China attacks Taiwan, will US security forces, American men and women protect it.” In response, Biden said “yes”. ‘CBS News’ reported that after the interview, the White House said that there has been no change in US policy. Under this policy, the US believes that the issue of Taiwan should be resolved peacefully, but the policy does not specify whether US security forces can be sent in the event of a Chinese attack.
Why did the controversy arise?
This is the second time since May this year that Joe Biden has responded positively to questions about US military intervention to defend Taiwan’s independence. During his visit to Japan in May, he said that the United States, united with Japan and other countries, would not allow China to forcibly occupy Taiwan.
When asked at a news conference in Tokyo whether the US was ready to join forces militarily to defend Taiwan, Biden answered “yes” to the question.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning, reacting to Joe Biden’s interview with CBS News, said on Monday that the US leader’s remarks seriously violated the “one China” policy and three joint government circulars related to Taiwan. has done. He said Biden’s remarks seriously violated the US commitment not to support Taiwan’s independence and sent a wrong signal to forces seeking Taiwan’s independence.
The Chinese spokesman said, “China condemns this and strongly opposes it and we have started many representations in this regard.” Mao said, “China is only one and Taiwan is part of it and the Republic of China ( PRC) government is the only government representing the whole of China.” He said that achieving complete unification of the motherland is the common aspiration and sacred duty of all Chinese people.
“We will strive for the possibility of peaceful integration with utmost sincerity and efforts,” Mao said. In the meantime, we will not tolerate any activity aimed at dividing China and we reserve all options to take the necessary measures.” “We urge the United States to fully understand the extremely important and highly sensitive nature of the Taiwan issue, and to adhere to the ‘One China’ principle and the three Joint Governing Circulars, not to support Taiwan’s independence,” he said. Seriously implement the commitment of the American leadership.
when the tension increased
Joe Biden’s statement comes at a time when Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government has tried to threaten Taiwan by firing missiles into the sea and sending fighter jets to nearby areas. Several political figures, including US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have traveled to Taiwan, due to which tensions have increased.
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s foreign ministry on Monday thanked Biden for “reaffirming the US government’s firm commitment to the security of Taiwan”. Earlier this month, the US agreed to sell US$1.1 billion in weapons to Taiwan to boost its defense capabilities. China had expressed a lot of displeasure about this. Tension has also arisen between the two countries regarding Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
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