On June 10, 2022, the State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe meets with United States DefenseStates Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. CN If anyone wants to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese military will resolutely smash any Taiwan independence acts even at the cost of war, the Chinese defense minister told his US counterpart on Friday.
According to Wu Qian, a spokesman for China's Ministry of National Defense, reiterated China's firm stance on Taiwan while meeting with United States DefenseStates Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.
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Wei stressed that the People's Liberation Army will relentlessly safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and if anyone dares to separate Taiwan from the motherland, the Chinese military will smash the act at any cost, even by going to war.
He said that the US's recent announcement on arms sales to Taiwan has severely violated the one-China principle and the three Chinese-US joint communiqu s, seriously damaged China's sovereignty and security, and jeopardized the peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits. He said that China expresses strong indignation and opposition.
The Chinese general stressed that there is only one China and Taiwan, and that is an inalienable part of China. The one-China principle is the basis of the China-US relationship, while the attempts to play the Taiwan card to contain China will be in vain. The two defense heads talked in person at the meeting between Austin and Wei.
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During their meeting, Wei told Austin that the US must not interfere in China's internal affairs and jeopardize China's interests for the sake of the bilateral ties.
China is willing to establish a sound, stable great-power relationship with the US and that should be a shared goal for both sides.
He said the US must treat China's development with a rational perspective. The US must not demonise and contain China, and must not interfere in China's domestic affairs, nor damage China's interests in order to achieve a good China-US relationship, the minister said.
Wei noted that a stable military-to-military relationship is crucial to bilateral relations and the two militaries should avoid conflict and conflict.