China considers the US side’s attempts on the Taiwan issue intolerable and is ready to “ruthlessly crush Taiwan’s independence aspirations,” the Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday. At the same time, the United States has indicated that it wants to accelerate the sale of weapons and other military assistance to the democratic island. Chinese defense spokesman Col. Tan Ko-fei said in a written and video statement that the recent increase in communications between the US and Taiwanese militaries was “an extremely inappropriate and dangerous move.”
He added that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will continue to raise the level of training and readiness, and that Beijing will strictly thwart any external attempts to aid Taiwan’s independence or secession from China, and will resolutely protect the country’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Tan made these statements in response to questions from reporters investigating media reports that the U.S. government is preparing to sell $500 million worth of arms to Taiwan again, as well as send more than a hundred military experts there to assess how U.S. forces can improve Taiwan’s military capabilities. training soldiers and protecting the island. Responding to the American actions, the spokesman said that the military cooperation between the United States and the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Taipei and their generally strengthening relationship had shaken the foundations of the Sino-American relationship, the peace of the Taiwan Strait and the stability of the situation there.
The Taiwan issue is also the most important of China’s main interests and remains the strictest forbidden area in Sino-US relations
The spokesman warned the American side to strictly adhere to the “one China” principle. Taiwan is strongly supported by both the Democratic and Republican parties in the United States, and both parties have called on President Joe Biden’s administration to deliver to Taiwan the already approved arms package worth nearly $19 billion. China considers the island of 23 million inhabitants, which broke away from mainland China at the end of a civil war in 1949, as its own territory. However, the majority of Taiwanese support the maintenance of practically independent status.
Cover Photo: A May 25, 2017 U.S. Navy photo of the USS Dewey in the South China Sea on May 6, 2017 (Photo: MTI/EPA/US Navy)
Source: Magyar Nemzet by magyarnemzet.hu.
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