Beijing: Taiwan is “the core of China’s core interests” and an “insurmountable red line,” Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said on the margins of a meeting of Southeast Asian defense ministers in Cambodia on Tuesday. told Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
Austin told Wei to “refrain from further destabilizing actions against Taiwan.”
Speaking as a bystander to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Foreign Minister Wei told Austin, “Taiwan’s resolution is a matter for the Chinese people, and no outside force has the right to interfere.” No,’ he said. Tuesday.
It was the first time the two had met since June, before U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was outraged when Beijing visited Taiwan in August, deeming it a serious interference in its domestic affairs. .
According to China’s official statement, Wei said the “Taiwan question” is the core of China’s core interests and “the first insurmountable red line in Sino-US relations.”
“Taiwan is China’s Taiwan, and the resolution of the Taiwan issue is China’s own problem, and no external force has the right to interfere,” Wei told Lloyd.
“China’s military has the backbone, confidence, credibility and ability to resolutely defend the reunification of the motherland.”
While reiterating Washington’s commitment to the One China Policy, Austin “reaffirmed the importance of peace and stability across the strait”.
Austin stressed that he “highlighted his opposition to unilateral changes to the status quo and called on the People’s Republic of China to refrain from further destabilizing actions against Taiwan.”
Lloyd also raised Washington’s concerns about the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) movements in the Indo-Pacific region.
“He (Austin) expressed concern about the increasingly dangerous behavior of PLA aircraft in the Indo-Pacific region that increases the risk of accidents,” said a US government statement.
“The United States will continue to fly, sail and operate as long as international law allows,” he said.
According to US documents at the meeting, the two ministers discussed a range of issues, including “Russia’s gratuitous war against Ukraine,” and both the US and the People’s Republic of China threatened to use or use nuclear weapons. I emphasized how to oppose. “
Tuesday’s talks between Wei and Austin saw President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden meet for more than three hours at the recent G20 summit in Bali on Nov. 14. was done later. .
Later, President Xi met with US Vice President Kamala Harris at the Asia-Pacific Summit in Bangkok.