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Chinese leader vows ‘no room’ for compromise on Taiwan after Biden pledges defense

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 2021-10-22

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A Chinese ministry leader warned the United States that there is “no room” for compromise when it comes to Taiwan .

Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin reiterated the Chinese government's stance on the island it considers a part of its country a day after President Joe Biden said the U.S. would defend the Taiwanese in a military incursion.

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“When it comes to issues related to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and other core interests, there is no room for China to compromise or make concessions, and no one should underestimate the strong determination, firm will and strong ability of the Chinese people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Wang said, according to the Associated Press .

He also called the island, which claims its independence from China, an “inalienable part of China’s territory” and described the issue as “purely an internal affair of China that allows no foreign intervention.”

Biden, in a Thursday night town hall, answered affirmatively when asked about the Chinese hypersonic missile test, which Beijing has denied , and whether he would vow to protect Taiwan.

“Military, China, Russia, and the rest of the world know that we have the most powerful military in the history of the world,” Biden said. “Don’t worry about whether they’re going to be more powerful. What you do have to worry about is whether or not they’re going to engage in activities that will put them in a position where they make a serious mistake.”

“Yes, we have a commitment to do that,” the president responded after the moderator reiterated the question as to whether that would mean the U.S. would defend Taiwan should China attack.

Wang also warned the U.S. that it should “be cautious with its words and actions on the Taiwan issue, and not send any wrong signals to the separatist forces of Taiwan independence, so as not to seriously damage China-U.S. relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”

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China has ramped up its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure on Taiwan under Chinese President Xi Jinping .

The U.S. has supported Taiwan, quietly sending roughly two dozen U.S. special operations troops and support troops who have been there for at least a year to conduct secret training operations , the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month.

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