China claims the United States will pay ‘unbearable costs’ to help Taiwan

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The Chinese Communist government claims that the United States will pay an “unbearable price” for its aid to Taiwan – the latest muscular rhetoric from Beijing over US policy towards the disputed territory.

“There is only one China in the world and Taiwan is part of China,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in an interview with Xinhua. “This is an indisputable historical and legal fact. Although there is political opposition between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait as a result of the civil war fought many years ago, China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity have never been cut off and will not be. cut off. “

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Tensions have been rising between Taiwan, which China sees as a breakaway province and as part of its own territory. The two countries split in 1949, and China has been increasing pressure on the self-governing nation while opposing its involvement in international organizations. The United States does not formally recognize Taiwan, but maintains an unofficial alliance and has adopted a policy of “strategic ambiguity.”

FILE - In this archive photo on September 14, 2014, locals on a warehouse roof terrace show the national flag while watching Taiwanese fighters practice during military exercises in Chiayi in central Taiwan.  (AP Photo / Wally Santana, File)

FILE – In this archive photo on September 14, 2014, locals on a warehouse roof terrace show the national flag while watching Taiwanese fighters practice during military exercises in Chiayi in central Taiwan. (AP Photo / Wally Santana, File)

Beijing has increased its presence near Taiwan and has sent dozens of warplanes against its defense zone, coinciding with calls by President Xi Jinping for Taiwan to be brought into China as part of a “peaceful reunification.”

President Biden was asked in October whether the United States would defend Taiwan against a Chinese attack, to which Biden confirmed that “We have an obligation to do so.” Following Biden’s remarks, the White House soon clarified the comment, saying the president did not give up strategic ambiguity.

A White House spokesman told Fox News after the remarks that Biden “did not announce any change in our policy and there is no change in our policy.”

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In an interview on Thursday, Yi accused the Taiwanese government of being responsible for tensions in the region, claiming that the United States “has backed down on its commitment as it established diplomatic relations with China, tolerated and supported ‘Taiwan’s independence’ forces, and tried to distort and undermine the China principle. ”

“This will put Taiwan in an extremely precarious situation and bring an unbearable cost to the United States itself,” he said.

Xi Jinping, Secretary General of the CPC Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Chinese President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivers an important speech at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC in Beijing, China's capital, July 1, 2021 .

Xi Jinping, Secretary General of the CPC Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Chinese President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivers an important speech at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC in Beijing, China’s capital, July 1, 2021 .
(Ju Peng / Xinhua via Getty Images)

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The Biden administration, meanwhile, has issued its own warnings to China on the matter, with Foreign Minister Antony Blinken warning that there would be “terrible consequences” if it tried to invade Taiwan.

“We have been very clear and consistently clear for many years that we are committed to ensuring that Taiwan has the means to defend itself and … we will continue to live up to this commitment,” Blinken said on the subject of committing military forces in the event that China invades Taiwan.

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