Deputy Chief of Staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff takes a hard line at the Shangri-La Dialogue
While U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, a senior Chinese officer took a firm stance, saying, “The Taiwan issue is related to China’s core interests, and no compromises or concessions can be made.” .
According to China Central (CC) TV on the 3rd, Jing Jianfeng (Lieutenant General), Deputy Chief of Staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Chinese Central Military Commission, who is attending the 20th Asian Security Conference (Shangri-La Dialogue) held in Singapore, said in a briefing held on the same day regarding the Taiwan issue. mentioned
“The People’s Liberation Army of China is always prepared for war and will resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Jing said.
He continued, “Recently, the United States is attempting to neutralize the ‘one China principle’ and strengthening official exchanges with Taiwan.” ” he pointed out.
In addition, he emphasized, “The military actions we are taking in the vicinity of Taiwan are to prevent attempts to divide Taiwan and interference from outside forces.”
In a speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue that day, Secretary Austin actually targeted China, saying, “I say clearly that the United States does not seek conflict or confrontation. However, I will not shrink in the face of coercion and harassment.”
Secretary Austin also said, “For a long time, the United States is committed to the ‘one China policy’” and declared, “However, either side is absolutely opposed to a unilateral change in the status quo.”
“The maintenance of stability and peace in the Taiwan Strait is related to the interests of the world,” he added, “because the safety of commercial shipping routes and global supply chains depends on it.”
Regarding the South China Sea issue, Deputy Chief of Staff Jing pointed out that “recently, the US has interfered in the South China Sea issue and used this as an excuse to oppress other countries.” .
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