Taiwan’s Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng says ties have reached a 40-year low amid provocation
According to reports, President Biden said on Tuesday that he and Xi Jinping have agreed to abide by the Taiwan Agreement as Beijing takes a more aggressive stance against the democratically-run island.
Asked about Chinese-Taiwan tensions, Biden told reporters, “We have made it very clear that I don’t think they should do anything other than abide by the agreement,” Biden told reporters, according to Reuters.
BBC News reported that Beijing sent a record 145 fighter jets into Taiwan’s air defenses for four consecutive days over the weekend, and Taiwanese officials have warned of the possibility of a misfire or war between the two countries.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said Sunday: “The United States is deeply concerned by the People’s Republic of China’s provocative military activity near Taiwan that is destabilizing, misrepresenting and undermining regional peace and stability.” Used to be.”
Taiwan’s Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said amid the provocation that relations had reached a 40-year low. BBC.
Biden was referring to America’s long-standing “one China” policy, which means the White House does not officially recognize Taiwan’s sovereignty and the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, which governs the relationship between the US and Taiwan. Allows non-diplomatic relations and obliges the US to help the island maintain its self-defense against China.
The act is based on China being peaceful towards Taiwan, according to Reuters.
The US also reassured Taiwan’s foreign ministry after Taiwan reached for an explanation that its commitment to the island was “rock solid”.
Taiwan broke away from mainland China in 1949 and considers itself an autonomous country, while Beijing regards it as a separate province that can be annexed by force if necessary.