The Chinese government will not tolerate any “incidents of independence” of Taiwan. This was announced on Monday in Bangkok at a special briefing following the meeting of the Minister of Defense, State Councilor Wei Fenghe and Pentagon President Mark Esper, the official representative of the Chinese defense department, Senior Colonel Wu Qian.
“Wu Qian emphasized that China has worked hard to solve the Taiwan problem from the beginning to the end, but it won’t tolerate any serious incidents related to Taiwan’s independence,” said a defense official.
As he noted, the Chinese defense minister demanded from his American counterpart that the United States “act prudently with regard to the Taiwan problem and not create new factors of instability in the Taiwan Strait.”
On November 12, the US Naval Chancellorsville cruiser with missile-guided missile passed through the Taiwan Strait. This is the first such operation since September of this year. As the representative of the seventh fleet of the US Navy said, the ship’s actions complied with all international law and “demonstrated US commitment to the freedom and openness of the Indo-Pacific region.” The official representative of the Eastern zone of the combat command of the People’s Liberation Army of China, senior colonel Zhang Chunhui later noted that the actions of the American cruiser and aircraft were under the control of the armed forces of the PRC.
Taiwan has been governed by its own administration since 1949, when the remnants of the Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1975), who were defeated in the civil war with the Communists, fled there. Since then, the largest Chinese island has been managed by its own administration, preserving the flag, currency, and some other attributes of the former Chinese republic. At the same time, official Beijing considers Taiwan one of the provinces of China.
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