China assures the US that it will defend its national interests | News
Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe held a phone call with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Wednesday, assuring that Beijing will defend its national interests and dignity.
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According to the Chinese Ministry of Defense, Wei said that: “China hopes to achieve healthy and stable relations with the US; however, China will defend its national interests and dignity.”
In this sense, the head of the armed forces stated that: “The United States should not underestimate the determination and capabilities of China” while advocating establishing a healthy and stable relationship based on mutual respect.
Defense Minister of #China had a telephone conversation with the Secretary of Defense of #USA, at the request of the latter. China demanded that the US stop military provocation in the South China Sea and not slander or threaten China over the Ukraine issue. pic.twitter.com/NnD6UyXbXD
– Iramsy Peraza (@IramsyteleSUR)
April 20, 2022
Similarly, the Asian general warned about Taiwan that it constitutes “an inalienable part of China” and urged the US to put an end to the maritime provocations of its navy.
In line with this, he noted that: “If the Taiwan issue is resolved in an unacceptable manner, this will have a devastating effect on the relations of the two countries.”
This morning, I had a call with PRC Minister of National Defense General Wei Fenghe as a follow-up to the recent call between President Biden and Xi Jinping. We discussed US-PRC defense relations, regional security issues, and Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/WmrTK0fYYY
— Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III (@SecDef)
April 20, 2022
Likewise, Wei called on the US government not to use “the Ukrainian issue to defame or threaten China,” which does not contribute to improving tensions between the two nations.
China has maintained a position that defends dialogue regarding the crisis in Ukraine while insisting on the need to meet the security guarantees demanded by Russia.