China affirms that it will definitely achieve reunification with Taiwan

Singapore, June 12 (EFE) .- The Chinese Defense Minister, Wei Fenghe, assured today that his country “will definitely achieve reunification with Taiwan”, a self-governed island that Beijing considers a rebellious province, although he affirmed that he will continue trying by way of peaceful.

“Taiwan is China, it is an internal matter and China will definitely achieve its reunification,” Wei said during a speech delivered this Sunday at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, the most important defense forum in the Asia-Pacific, in which he emphasized that the “ideal” would be to achieve it by peaceful means.

Wei met on the margins of the forum on Friday with his US defense counterpart, Lloyd Austin, whom he warned during the meeting that China would “crush” any attempt at independence from Taiwan, which Washington would in principle defend from being attacked by China. Beijing.

“China is working with all its efforts and sincerity to achieve reunification in a peaceful way, but in case of secession, China reserves other options,” the defense minister of the world’s second largest economy added today.

“No one should underestimate the resolve and capabilities of China’s armed forces in defending its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Wei added.

The Asian giant claims sovereignty over Taiwan, a territory it considers a rebel province since the Kuomitang nationalists deployed there in 1949, after losing the civil war against the communists.

“Taiwan is a legacy of the Chinese civil war,” Wei reiterated today, charging the ink against the United States for “using Taiwan” against his country.

“The United States waged a civil war, China does not want another on its territory, but we will resolutely crush any attempt at independence. If anyone dares to separate Taiwan from China, we will not hesitate to fight, we will fight at any cost and to the end.” , he emphasized.

For his part, the US Secretary of Defense, who yesterday gave a speech at this same forum, assured that his country is opposed to “any unilateral change” in the status quo in Taiwan, but that his country remains “firmly committed to the of one China” and does not support Taiwan independence.

However, Austin accused China of being increasingly “aggressive” and carrying out “dangerous” operations in the area, such as the incursion of military aircraft into the Strait of Formosa.

Both defense chiefs have presented these days in Singapore their views on the Indo-Pacific, the main scene of their disputes and, although they have pulsed on Taiwan -which receives weapons from Washington- and other issues, they have committed to improving the communication pathways.

“Relations with the United States are at a critical point. China believes that a good bilateral relationship serves the interests of both and that cooperation is vital for world peace,” the Chinese minister stressed today.