China has expressed outrage over President Joe Biden statement saying that United States would militarily defend Taiwan if attacked by Beijing.
No country should underestimate China’s “firm resolve, staunch will and strong ability” to protect its sovereign and territorial interests, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters on Monday in response to Biden’s comments.
“On issues that bear on China’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and other core interests, no one shall expect China to make any compromise or trade-offs,” Wang said.
“PLA’s firepower in the Taiwan Straits has long surpassed that of US military,” Hu Xijin, who until last year oversaw China’s Global Times news outlet – considered aligned with the views of the ruling party – wrote on Twitter on Monday, using an abbreviation for the People’s Liberation Army.
“Biden says US military would defend Taiwan – does Biden wish to bring those soldiers back in coffins or let them sink into the Taiwan Straits to feed the fish? So, let’s cherish peace together.”
Their comments came moments after Biden in high-profile remarks in Japan shocked observers with the assertion that the US would provide military support to Taiwan in the case of an invasion.
Speaking at a press conference in Japan during his tour of Asia, a reporter asked Biden, “You didn’t want to genewst involved in the Ukraine conflict militarily for obvious reasons,” adding, “Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?” “Yes,” the president responded.
“You are?” the reporter asked in reply. Biden responded again: “That’s the commitment we made.”