According to Wei Fenghe, defense minister, the US’s mishandling Taiwan will harm its relations with Beijing.
Washington’s mishandling Taiwan may have been a mistake “ruinous”The US’s counterpart to the Chinese Defense Minister, General Wei Fenghe, said Wednesday that Beijing had an impact on bilateral relations.
During the 45-minute-long phone call, which was initiated by the American side, Wei reiterated Beijing’s stance that Taiwan was an “inalienable part of China,”Be insistent “it was a fact and status quo that no one could change.”
The Chinese armed forces were eager to do everything to protect the country’s territorial integrity, he added, according to a statement by the Chinese Defense Ministry.
Wei warned Austin as well about the US’s mishandling on Taiwan. “would have a ruinous impact on bilateral relations.”
Washington acknowledges Beijing is China’s only legitimate authority, but it maintains informal ties with Taiwan. Washington actively backs Taiwan’s push for independence, and provides weapons.
Last week, major drills were held in Taiwan Strait by the Chinese military during the US Senators’ visit to Taipei.
The Russian military operation in Ukraine was also among the discussed issues, with Wei insisting that the US shouldn’t use the crisis “to smear and pressure China.”
Joe Biden, the US President, told Xi Jinping in March that there would be a free world. “consequences”If Beijing gave material support to Moscow, it was considered a violation of international law.
China is still neutral and has so far resisted condemning the Russian military operations or inflicting sanctions on Moscow.
According to some American military analysts, Beijing also observed the events in Ukraine closely and learned from them lessons for its attack on Taiwan.
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China’s Defense Minister stated that Beijing was interested in establishing a “healthy and stable relationship”Washington would allow the militaries from the two countries to strengthen their cooperation and engage in pragmatic dialogue. But, Americans “shouldn’t underestimate China’s determination and ability”Wei also added to its protection.
The conversation was the first between them since Austin assumed the Pentagon presidency over a calendar year ago.
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