China upholds stable defense ties with the US, but warns Washington to have “no illusions” that Beijing will compromise on the Taiwan issue.
“Maintaining stable relations is good for both sides and that is what the world expects. However, the US has made irresponsible and provocative statements many times on the Taiwan issue,” a ministry spokesman said. Chinese Defense Minister Wu Khiem said today, when asked to comment on US-China defense relations after the summit between the leaders of the two countries.
“On the Taiwan issue, China will not compromise and the US side should not be under any illusions about this,” Wu added. The Pentagon has not commented on the statement of the Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman.
The remarks were made by Mr. Wu two days after the US destroyer USS Milius passed through the Taiwan Strait. “The passage through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The US military will move at sea, in the air, and operate anywhere. international law allows,” the US Navy said.
China has always considered Taiwan as a province awaiting reunification and declared its readiness to use force if necessary. The Chinese military recently held many drills around Taiwan with advanced weapons.
The US is committed to respecting the “One China” principle, but continues to maintain relations with Taiwan and provides the island with modern weapons.
The Taiwan Air Self-Defense Force on November 18 commissioned the first F-16V squadron upgraded by the US. Leader Tsai Ing-wen at the payroll ceremony said the project to build and upgrade the F-16V fighter for Taiwan’s defense “shows a firm commitment” in the island’s relationship with the US.
Vu Anh (Follow Reuters)