Beijing on Monday said it was prepared to defend its national interests over Taiwan, in a rebuke to US President Joe Biden’s vow to protect the island from any intrusion by China.
China’s Communist Party has never controlled self-ruled Taiwan however it sees the island as a part of its region and has promised to one day seize it, by force if needed.
Biden, who is in Tokyo to meet regional allies, prior on Monday cautioned that China’s increasingly assertive stance over the island was “flirting with danger” and vowed to defend Taiwan from any military action by its giant neighbour.
The comments were met with defiance in Beijing, with foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin telling reporters that “Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory”.
“The Taiwan issue is a purely internal affair for China,” he said. “On issues touching on China’s core interests of the sovereignty and territorial integrity, China has no room for compromise or concession.”
“No one should underestimate the firm resolve, staunch will and strong ability of the Chinese people in defending national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he added.