The Chinese government doubled-down on a top diplomat’s earlier comments that Beijing may use military force against Taiwan if U.S. warships dock there, saying that Taipei should not be relying on foreigners to defend it.
China considers Taiwan to be a wayward province and has never renounced the use of force to bring it under its control. The United States has no formal ties with Taiwan but is bound by law to help it defend itself and is its main source of arms.
Beijing routinely refers to Taiwan as its most sensitive issue, and has regularly criticized the U.S. and other countries’ involvement in the island’s defense, especially.
In September Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act for the 2018 fiscal year, which authorizes mutual visits between the U.S. and Taiwanese navies.
That prompted a senior U.S.-based Chinese diplomat to say last week that China would immediately attack Taiwan if a U.S. Navy warship makes a port call.
Asked about the remarks at a regular news briefing in Beijing, An Fengshan, spokesman for China’s policy-making Taiwan Affairs Office, noted that Taiwan was an internal matter for China, and that Beijing stands opposed to any U.S. military assistance to the island democracy.
“What I want to stress and point out is that any relying on foreigners to build oneself up or plots to harm national sovereignty and territorial integrity will be opposed by the entire Chinese nation, and cannot succeed,” An said. [source]
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