September 15, 2022
China’s Foreign Ministry accused the United States today of violating its commitment to the “one China” principle and meddling in Beijing’s internal affairs after the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a new bill that could significantly increase US defense support for Taiwan, reported the Associated Press, quoted by BTA.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning told reporters in Beijing that China had “made serious complaints” to Washington over the bill, which still needs the approval of the House of Representatives as well as President Joe Biden to pass. become law. “The ‘one China’ principle is the political foundation of China-United States relations,” she said.
“If the bill continues to be debated, moved forward, or even passed into law, it will significantly shake the political foundation of China-US relations and cause extremely serious consequences for the relationship between the two countries, as well as for peace and stability in Taiwan Strait.”
Beijing considers the self-governing democratic island as its territory, and does not rule out the possibility of taking it back by force if necessary. The two countries split after a civil war in 1949 and do not maintain formal relations, and China even severed informal ties after the election of Taiwan’s pro-independence President Tsai Ing-wen in 2016.
As part of its “one China” policy, the United States recognizes the government in Beijing, while allowing informal relations and security ties with Taipei. It has taken a position of “strategic ambiguity” regarding the defense of Taiwan – leaving open the question of whether it will respond with military means if the island is attacked.
The Taiwan policy bill approved yesterday by a US Senate committee aims to “support Taiwan’s security and right to self-determination” by providing billions of dollars in defense funding to enhance its “counter-intervention capabilities”. .
Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, who co-sponsored the bipartisan bill with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, stressed that its emphasis is on deterrence and China should not view it as a threat.
“The bill we are approving today makes it clear that the United States is not seeking war or escalating tensions with Beijing. Quite the opposite,” he said in a statement. “We are carefully and strategically reducing the existing threats facing Taiwan by raising the price of taking the island by force so that such action becomes too risky and unattainable.”