Chinese defense minister on U.S.-China stress, Taiwan

An F-16V jet fighter taxies on the runway in January for an emergency situation departure as part of a Taiwanese military drill in Chiayi, Taiwan, as China increased overflights by PLA fighter jets over the self-governed island in 2022.

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SINGAPORE — China’s defense minister implicated the U.S. of “smearing” Beijing and stated Washington is attempting to “hijack” nations in the Indo-Pacific area.

Wei Fenghe, speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, stated the problem of enhancing the distressed U.S.-China ties pushes Washington.

“We request the U.S. side to stop smearing and containing China. Stop interfering in China’s internal affairs. The bilateral relationship cannot improve unless the U.S. side can do that,” he informed delegates at the discussion, Asia’s leading defense conference.

“However, if you want confrontation, we will fight to the end. The two militaries should make positive efforts for a positive relationship,” Wei included.

Wei stated U.S. President Joe Biden’s brand-new Indo-Pacific technique results in “conflict and confrontation.”

The U.S. revealed its Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, or IPEF, in May as part of its technique for the area.  The IPEF includes 13 nations and leaves out China.

“To us, the strategy is an attempt to build an exclusive small group in the name of a free and open Indo-Pacific, to hijack countries in our region and target one specific country,” Wei stated at the concluding day of the three-day discussion in Singapore.

“It is a strategy to create conflict and confrontation to contain and encircle others,” he stated. “China seeks peace and stability, and is not an aggressor in the Indo-Pacific,” he stated, getting in touch with the U.S. to “strengthen solidarity and oppose confrontation and division.” 

During the top, which has actually seen addresses by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. defense secretary Lloyd Austin, China has actually been pressing back versus stories of Chinese aggressiveness in the Indo-Pacific. 

Senior serving and retired Chinese military authorities have actually held unique media instructions to counter the speeches by both Kishida and Austin.

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Speaking on Saturday, Austin had actually explained the Indo-Pacific as a “priority theater of operations” that lay at the “heart of American grand strategy.”  He called the Indo-Pacific technique launched in February main to the Biden Administration’s upcoming National Security Strategy and to his own department’s National Defense Strategy.

Austin greatly slammed Beijing’s progressively “coercive and aggressive” technique to its claims in the Indo-Pacific — where China is associated with territorial conflicts with a number of next-door neighbors consisting of Japan, India, the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Warning on Taiwan

On Sunday, Wei likewise provided a terse caution on Taiwan, which China considers a breakaway province that is to be reunified with the mainland, by force as a last hope. China will battle any efforts by Taiwan to state self-reliance to the “last man,” he stated.  

“We will fight at all costs and we will fight to the very end. This is the only choice for China,” he stated.  “Those who pursue Taiwanese independence in an attempt to split China will definitely come to no good end.” 

“It is China’s Taiwan, a province of China. We will realize the reunification of Taiwan,” Wei stated.

His speech came a day after U.S. Defense Secretary Austin implicated China of “provocative, destabilizing” military activity near to the island.

The United States is required  to supply the self-ruled island with the weapons and services to protect itself under its Taiwan Relations Act.

Austin had actually asserted that it was China which was raising the stakes. 

“We see growing coercion from Beijing. We’ve witnessed a steady increase in provocative and destabilizing military activity near Taiwan. And that includes [People’s Liberation Army] aircraft flying near Taiwan in record numbers in recent months — and nearly on a daily basis,” he stated.

China’s Wei likewise required talks in between NATO and Russia to end the Ukraine war. He stated China did not have a pact with Russia.

“It is a partnership, not an alliance. Relations with Russia will continue to grow. We have not provided any military or material support to Russia” for its Ukraine war, Wei stated.


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