Chinese Foreign Ministry opposes any contact between Taiwan and the U.S.

China stands firmly against any form of contact between Taiwan and the United States. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said this on Thursday, October 28.

“We strongly oppose any form of official and military contact between the United States and Taiwan. We oppose U.S. interference in China’s internal affairs,” he said during the briefing.

The day before, Taiwan’s chief of staff, Tsai Ing-wen, said Taipei was cooperating with Washington on defense capabilities, with several U.S. instructors working on the island. Taiwan counts on U.S. support in case of conflict with China, she added.

Asked whether Taiwan could defend itself without military assistance, Tsai Ing-wen said the island would defend itself as long as it could. But in her view, it is important for Taiwan to have the support of like-minded countries.

On Oct. 22, U.S. President Joe Biden announced Washington’s determination to stand up for Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack according to commitments. Washington will support Taiwan’s self-defense and “oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo,” a U.S. presidential administration official later explained Biden’s words.

Yana Leksyutina, an expert on Sino-American relations at St. Petersburg State University, in a conversation with Izvestia, pointed to the obvious escalation of the situation around Taiwan.

For his part, Arthur Ding, professor at the Taiwan Institute for East Asian Studies at National Zhengzhi University, said that for a long time the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense had stated that it did not count on foreign assistance in the military conflict in the Strait.

The PRC calls the United States’ actions toward Taiwan dangerous and recommends that they stop. This statement was made by Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations, on October 21.