China Throws Down The Gauntlet: CCP Dismisses U.S. Importance - Draws Line In Taiwan's Sand

Written By BlabberBuzz | Friday, 22 April 2022 14:00
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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin held a rare phone call with his Chinese counterpart, who firmly asserted that Taiwan is part of China – amid signals that Russia’s war on Ukraine impacts how planners view a potential conflict.

Taiwan is a part of China, and no one can change that, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe insisted on Wednesday during a rare phone call with the U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, according to a statement from Beijing.

“If the Taiwan issue were not handled properly, it would have a damaging impact on Sino-U.S. relations,” Wei stated, according to a statement published by the defense ministry.

Wei “expounded his solemn position on the Taiwan issue and stressed that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China. It is a fact and reality that no one can change,” per the Beijing readout.

The call comes as the U.S. has repeatedly urged China not to provide military support to Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. Moscow, in turn, has fired off a diplomatic letter to Washington calling on the U.S. to stop arming Ukraine.

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A Pentagon spokesman informed DailyMail.com that Austin requested the call “as a follow up to the March 18 call between President Biden and Xi Jinping, and March 14 meeting between NSA Jake Sullivan and PRC Politburo Member Yang Jiechi in Rome.”

“The Secretary stressed that the United States remains committed to our one-China policy, as enumerated in the Taiwan Relations Act, the Three Joint Communiques, and the Six Assurances,” the spokesman recounted.

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According to a readout by Pentagon spokesman Admiral John Kirby, “Secretary Austin and General Wei discussed U.S.-PRC defense relations, regional security issues, and Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.”

The call came after Austin had unsuccessfully attempted for months to arrange a call with Gen. Xu Qiliang, the top uniformed officer in the Communist Party military structure overseeing the People’s Liberation Army.

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China and Russia declared a “no limits” partnership in a joint statement issued at the start of the Olympics in February following a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

That was days before Putin launched Russia’s invasion of its neighbor.

The complex interlocking diplomacy and military strategy involving Russia, China, and key allies are among the “variety of topics” likely to come up when President Joe Biden meets with Milley and top military brass at the White House Wednesday.

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