China will not hesitate to start a war if Taiwan declares independence, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said on Friday after meeting with his US counterpart Lloyd Austin in Singapore.
"If anyone dares to separate Taiwan from China, the Chinese military will not hesitate to start a war at all costs and will resolutely defend the unity of the motherland," Wei told his American counterpart, according to the spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Defense, Wu Qian.
Wei insisted that Taiwan belongs to China and that the US should not "use Taiwan to contain China" because, he warns, that path "will not succeed."
The meeting, which lasted just over half an hour, was held within the framework of the so-called Shangri-la Dialogue, a forum of senior military and diplomatic officials that takes place in Singapore until Sunday.
For its part, the United States Department of Defense affirmed that Austin reaffirmed to his Chinese counterpart his country's commitment to the "one China policy", but urged Beijing to refrain from launching destabilizing actions.
The meeting between the two ministers took place after the president of the United States, Joe Biden, warned in May from Japan that a forcible accession of Taiwan by China would lead to a US military intervention.
China has repeatedly questioned the US rapprochement with Taiwan. In early June they urged Washington to stop their interaction official with Taiwan and stop sending signals to the separatists.
In addition, Beijing recently denounced that the US sent weapons to Taiwan for the order of 70.000 million dollars. This, China warned, shows that Washington's supply of arms is growing "incessantly in both volume and quality."
Tensions around Taiwan have intensified in recent weeks, most notably over the May raids by Chinese military aircraft on Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone ("Adiz"), the largest such operation since the beginning of the year.
Taiwan, the "rogue province"
Relations between China and Taiwan were suspended in 1949, after the forces of the Chinese nationalist Kuomintang party, led by Chiang Kai-shek, suffered a defeat in the civil war against the Communist Party of China and moved to the island of Taiwan. .
China considers Taiwan as its rebel province, despite the fact that the island became independent and has the support of the United States government and the European Union (EU).
Taiwan has retained the flag and various other ROC symbols that existed before the communists took control of the mainland. Beijing considers the island as one of its provinces.