The Chinese regime urged the United States to “avoid sending the wrong signals” after President Joe Biden’s message, who for the second time on Thursday said he would come to Taiwan’s defense if attacked by China.
According to AP reports, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), through Wang Wenbin, spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, told the U.S. that it has “no room for concessions” when it comes to its core interests.
He further reaffirmed that Taiwan was part of its territory, and warned the U.S. to respect the one-China principle seriously, to be cautious with its words and deeds on the Taiwan issue, and to refrain from “sending wrong signals” so as not to seriously damage China-U.S. relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, Wang said.
These statements were in response to Biden’s remarks on Thursday during an interview on CNN, in which the host asked him if he would defend Taiwan in the event of an attack by China.
The president replied, “Yes, we have a commitment to do that.”
But as reported by The Guardian, fearing the noise these statements would cause in Beijing, a White House spokesman quickly came out to clarify that there has been no change in U.S. policy and that it officially maintains the so-called “strategic ambiguity” concerning Taiwan.
“The US defence relationship with Taiwan is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act. We will uphold our commitment under the act, we will continue to support Taiwan’s self-defence, and we will continue to oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo,” said a U.S. spokesman.
The Chinese regime has been steadily increasing the threat to Taiwan by dispatching fighter jets to its air defense identification zone (ADIZ). It maintains the goal of taking control of the island by force if necessary.
As reported by France 24, Jia Qingguo, an advisor to the Chinese regime who is an expert on international relations at Peking University, warned in a publication earlier this summer that a “perfect storm” was brewing in the Taiwan Strait due to the continued U.S. defense commitment to the island.
“The three sides have seen their interactions caught in a vicious spiral, making a military confrontation and even an all-out war an increasingly likely scenario,” Jia said.
Meanwhile, according to AP, in Taipei, a spokesman for Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said the U.S. had shown its support through concrete actions and that the island’s 23 million citizens will not surrender to pressure or act rashly.
“Taiwan will demonstrate our firm determination to defend ourselves and continue to work with countries with similar values to make a positive contribution toward the Taiwan Strait and Indo-Pacific region’s peace and stability,” spokesman Chang Tun-han said.
Tsai Ing-wen, during her speech at the National Day celebrations on Sunday, Oct. 10, reaffirmed her commitment to fighting to maintain Taiwan’s sovereignty with a forceful message.
“We will continue to bolster our national defense and demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves in order to ensure that nobody can force Taiwan to take the path China has laid out for us,” Tsai said.
“This is because the path that China has laid out offers neither a free and democratic way of life for Taiwan, nor sovereignty for our 23 million people,” the president added.