On Tuesday, as Beijing continued to assert Taiwan as its own territory, China delivered a menacing message to the US about Washington’s backing of Taiwan.
Taiwanese troops participated in American military drills in Michigan last month, according to a piece in the state-run Chinese newspaper Global Times. The newspaper stated that this was the “Sword of Damocles hanging over the US government and Taiwan authorities” because “the Chinese mainland has never promised to renounce the use of force.”
The op-ed stated that the US “keeps arming Taiwan by selling a significant amount of weapons and equipment to Taiwan and encouraging Taiwan to reject reunification with force,’ a move that aims to incite tensions across the Straits and will unavoidably exacerbate the tension between China and the US and may lead to a conflict.”
China-US Taiwan Dispute
In the midst of escalating hostilities between China and the US over Taiwan, the Global Times made its comments. The U.S. has an “unofficial relationship” with Taiwan and supports a One China policy, despite China’s claim that Taiwan is part of its territory. The U.S. approved a military transfer to Taiwan for $80 million, according to a report by the Associated Press from last month.
Similar comments were made in an opinion piece published by the Global Times last week in response to US military assistance, which stated that “China’s strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition are obvious,” but that “China’s response to the continuous provocations by the US on the Taiwan question will not be limited to mere statements.”
The brewing and impending storm of fatal repercussions for Taiwan cannot be ignored, according to the Global Times, as its interference techniques multiply and intensify.
The US decision to supply weapons to China’s Taiwan region under the so-called Foreign Military Financing used for sovereign states, according to Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, seriously violates the one-China principle and the terms of the three joint communiqués between China and the US, particularly the August 17 Communiqué of 1982.
Source: News Week