China will “fight to the end” to prevent Taiwan’s independence.
Published on 12.6.2022 by Epoch Times with AFP
The China vase “fight to the end” to prevent Taiwan to declare his independencethe Chinese defense minister said on Sunday, as tensions grow between Beijing and Washington over the fate of the island.
This declaration sounds like a reply to that, the day before, of the American Minister of Defense, Lloyd Austin, who had denounced the military activity “provocative and destabilizing” from Beijing near Taiwan.
This verbal contest between the two superpowers comes in a context of strong diplomatic tensions over the autonomous and democratic island, which Beijing considers to be an integral part of its territory.
Chinese military aircraft in the Taiwanese air defense zone
Unprecedented incursions by Chinese military aircraft into the Taiwanese air defense zone have increased the pressure in recent months.
“We will fight at all costs and we will fight until the end. This is the only possible choice for China,” said Wei Fenghe, in an offensive tone, during the security forum “Shangri-La’s Dialogue” in Singapore.
“Those who pursue Taiwan independence with the aim of dividing China will certainly not achieve their ends”did he declare. “No one should ever underestimate the determination and ability of the Chinese armed forces to safeguard its territorial integrity.”
Mr. Wei urged Washington to “stop denigrating and containing China (…) to stop interfering in China’s internal affairs and stop harming China’s interests”.
But he was also more conciliatory, calling for a China-US relationship ” steady “, which, according to him, is “vital for world peace”.
Beijing had to ” refrain “ of any new destabilizing action in this region
During his speech, Mr. Austin on Saturday denounced the military activity “provocative and destabilizing” of China near Taiwan, the day after a firm warning from Beijing.
“We are seeing growing coercion from Beijing. We have seen a continued increase in provocative and destabilizing military activity near Taiwan,” the Pentagon chief said at the security forum in Singapore.
But he also stressed the importance of maintaining the “fully open lines of communication with China’s defense officials” to avoid calculation errors.
The pair had their first one-on-one talk on the sidelines of the Singapore summit on Friday, where they clashed over Taiwan.
China considers this island of 24 million inhabitants to be one of its historic provinces which it intends to take back by force if necessary.
According to a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Defense, Wei Fenghe said Friday during a meeting with Mr. Austin on the sidelines of this forum: “If anyone dared to separate Taiwan from China, the Chinese military would not hesitate for a moment to start a war, whatever the cost.”
beijing “would shatter into a thousand pieces” any attempt at independence, warned the Chinese Ministry of Defense.
For his part, Lloyd Austin told Wei Fenghe that Beijing should ” refrain “ of any new destabilizing action in this region, according to the Pentagon.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reacted on Saturday by saying it rejected the “absurd claims” from Beijing.
Washington would defend Taiwan militarily
President Joe Biden, during a visit to Japan last month, appeared to break with decades of US policy when, in response to a question, he said Washington would militarily defend Taiwan if attacked by China.
The White House has since insisted that its policy of“strategic ambiguity” as to a possible intervention had not changed.
This dispute is only the latest between Washington and Beijing.
The South China Sea is another major hotspot in the region. China claims almost all of this resource-rich sea, through which billions of dollars in maritime trade pass each year.
Mr. Wei insisted on Sunday that China respects the freedom of navigation and attacked Washington in a veiled way.
“A certain great power has long practiced hegemony of navigation under the pretext of freedom of navigation”, did he declare.
Wei said China, North Korea’s main ally, wants peace on the Korean Peninsula after a recent series of weapons tests.
“The key to (solving) the problem now is to pay attention to and satisfy the security interests of all parties,” did he declare.
Speaking at the summit on Sunday, South Korean Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup said Seoul would strengthen its defense capabilities and work with the United States against the threat from the North.