Foreign Ministry spokesperson calls on US to reflect “deeply” on its behavior

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said on Monday (May 27, 2024) that no country, organization or individual can “step or even cross the line” on the Taiwan issue without paying “no price”. The statement was made when responding to journalists about measures taken by Beijing against 12 US defense corporations and 10 US executives.

According to the agency XinhuaChina would be responding to sanctions imposed by the US on Chinese companies for issues related to Russia and the fact that the US supports the new president of Taiwan, Lai Ching-Te (from the DPP, acronym for Democratic Progressive Party in Portuguese).

Taiwan has been governed independently since the end of a civil war in 1949. China, however, considers the island to be part of its territory, in the form of a breakaway province. In power since 2016, Lai Ching-Te’s party defends the region’s autonomy from China.

The USA, despite accepting the policy of “one China”, are allies of Taiwan. US President Joe Biden (Democratic Party) has said on several occasions that he will stand by Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion of the island.

No country, organization or individual should underestimate the strong determination, will and ability of the Chinese government and people to defend our nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, or imagine that they could step or even cross the line on the issue of Taiwan without paying any price”, said the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman.

We will continue to take all necessary measures to protect our legitimate and legal rights and interests,” Mao stated. According to her, Beijing calls on the US to reflect “deep” about his behavior, accept his responsibility for the outbreak and escalation of the crisis in Ukraine, stop “defame and pressure” it’s from “to abuse” of unilateral sanctions that he classified as illicit.

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