China’s Ministry of National Defense held its monthly press conference on October 27, 2022. The meeting occurred after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) finished holding its 20th Congress.
The press conference showed that U.S.-China relations would continue to freeze after the CCP congress. Beijing believes it has not made any mistakes in its relationship with the U.S.
According to CNA, when asked about U.S. Defense Secretary Austin’s desire to reopen the military communication channel between the two countries, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Tan Kefei said the currently contentious relationship between the two sides is serious, and the responsibility rests entirely with the U.S.
Tan Kefei blamed the U.S for blurring and hollowing out the one-China principle, repeatedly instigating arms sales to Taiwan, and creating obstacles to China’s peaceful reunification.
U.S. officials have repeatedly stated that under the Taiwan Relations Act, the U.S. government is responsible for providing appropriate defensive weapons depending on the military threat that Taiwan faces.
U.S.-China relations have become more strained following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s historic visit to Taiwan in August.
Pelosi’s visit came amid concerns that the CCP will launch a war of aggression against Taiwan, similar to what Moscow did with Ukraine.
After Xi won an absolute victory at the CCP 20th Congress to stay in office, there were many predictions that Beijing might increase tensions in the Taiwan Strait, even soon invading the island.
President Biden has stated that the U.S. will defend Taiwan if the island is invaded.
According to surveys, most Taiwanese do not want to reunify with China when the CCP still dominates the country.
Specifically, most Taiwanese reject living under the “one country, two systems” policy that CCP has applied in Hong Kong and is trying to convince Taiwan to accept.