Beijing bristles at Biden’s "yes" for US military intervention if China invades Taiwan
A surprised and agitated Beijing on Monday denounced President Joe Biden’s assertion that the US would intervene militarily along with Japan if China invaded self-ruled Taiwan, which effectively jeopardises Chinese President Xi Jinping's ambitious plan of national integration.
Taiwan’s integration with the Chinese mainland is the major political plank of Xi, 68, who is widely expected to be endorsed for an unprecedented third term in power this year by a once-in-a-five-year congress of the ruling Communist Party scheduled to meet in the next few months.
China views Taiwan as a renegade province that should be reunified with the mainland, by force if necessary. The US has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but sells arms to it as part of its Taiwan Relations Act, which states that the US must provide the island with the means to defend itself.
“We deplore and reject the US remarks”, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a media briefing here soon after Biden unequivocally stated Washington’s new stand shedding the successive US Presidents’ strategic ambiguity on Taiwan, an estranged self-ruled island which steadfastly stood against Beijing’s attempts to integrate with the mainland.
Significantly, Biden outlined the US new policy in Tokyo while addressing a joint press conference with the Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida saying that America will stand with Japan and other nations to not let China forcibly take over Taiwan.
Wang reiterated that “Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory and the Taiwan question is purely China’s internal affair, which brooks no foreign interference.” “On issues bearing on China’s core interests including its sovereignty and territorial integrity there is no room for compromise or concession”, he said and warned that “China will take firm actions to safeguard its sovereignty and security interests. We will be true to our word”.
Observers say Biden’s stand 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 oft-repeated forceful assertions to integrate the estranged island with the mainland.
Xi, who enjoys the status of the ruling Communist Party founder Mao Zedong, is currently bracing for an unprecedented third term, doing away with the two-five-year-terms convention followed by all his predecessors.
Reports from Taipei quoted Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry welcoming Biden’s comments for “reaffirming” Washington’s “firm commitment to Taiwan” and would deepen cooperation with countries including the US and Japan.
“Our government’s firm determination to defend Taiwan’s freedom, democracy and security has never changed,” the spokesperson said.
“They are already flirting with danger by flying so close and all the manoeuvres they are undertaking”, he said referring to frequent attempts by Beijing to send hundreds of military aircraft into Taiwan’s airspace to intimidate Taipei.
“We stand firmly with Japan and other nations to not let that happen. I expect it will not happen, it will not be attempted”, he said.
“My expectation is a lot of it depends on how strongly the world makes it clear that this kind of action is going to result in long-term disapprobation by the rest of the community” Biden said.
“That is the commitment we made. Here is the situation: we agree with the One China policy. We signed on to it and all the attendant agreements made from there”.
“But the idea that it can be taken by force is just not appropriate, it will dislocate the entire region and be another action similar to what happened in Ukraine. So, it is a burden that is even stronger”, he said.
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