China warned President Joe Biden to be careful of his words about Taiwan disputes after he declared the U.S. would defend the island.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Friday, Oct. 22, said that the U.S. should “be cautious with its words and actions on the Taiwan issue, and not send any wrong signals to the separatist forces of Taiwan independence, so as not to seriously damage China–U.S. relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” according to the Associated Press.
Wenbin stressed that there was “no room for China to compromise or make concessions.” He proceeded to warn foreign forces to stay away from the Taiwan Straits conflict, including the EU, which has recently proposed a resolution to strengthen so-called political and economic ties with the island.
“Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. The Taiwan issue is purely an internal affair of China that allows no foreign intervention,” he said.
The warnings came after President Biden on Thursday reassured that the U.S. would come to Taiwan’s defense in facing China.
“I just want to make China understand that we are not going to step back, we are not going to change any of our views,” Biden said at a CNN town hall. Though he also toned down when discussing a potential “cold war” with China over the issue.
“I don’t want a cold war with China. I want China to understand that we are not going to step back and change any of our views,” the U.S. president said.
Beijing accelerated its appearance in Taiwan’s air defense zone in late September, with 56 fighter planes sent to the area as of Oct. 4. The move prompted Taiwan Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng to expect a full invasion coming as soon as 2025.
The Biden administration asserted that Washington would continue the longstanding “One China” agreement, which recognizes Beijing over Taiwan on the condition the powers between both governments are settled peacefully.
Taiwan, which embraces a democratic system, regards itself as a sovereign state after breaking away from China during the Chinese Civil War in 1949. Communist China, on the other hand, regards Taiwan as a renegade province.
The mouthpiece for the Communist government, Global Times, was confident the Biden administration eventually would recoil on the Taiwan issue, noting that the White House only tried to “calm the situation.”
“Defend Taiwan’ can hardly be seen as a slip of the tongue, but Biden has yet to say how or dare to ‘stand against 1.4b [billion people] Chinese,'” reads its headline.