The Ministry of National Defense spokesperson answers reporters’ questions on U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, etc.

The Ministry of National Defense held a regular press conference on the 27th. The Ministry of National Defense spokesperson, Tan Kefei, answered questions from Chinese and foreign reporters on U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

Urge the U.S. to stop any form of official exchanges and military ties with Taiwan

In response to reports that the Security Cooperation Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense plans to announce shortly to sell offensive weapons such as the M109A6 self-propelled howitzer to Taiwan, Tan Kefei said that the Taiwan issue is China’s internal affair. Resolutely oppose any country’s arms sales to Taiwan and develop any form of military ties with Taiwan. The U.S. arms sales to Taiwan seriously violated the one-China principle and the provisions of the three Sino-US joint communiqués, sending a seriously wrong signal to the “Taiwan independence” separatist forces. We urge the United States to abide by the “non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries”, which is the basic norm of international relations contained in the UN Charter and the Declaration of Principles of International Law, abide by a series of serious commitments made to China on the Taiwan issue, and handle Taiwan-related issues prudently and properly. , Stop any form of official contacts and military ties with Taiwan, and stop arms sales to Taiwan.

Tan Kefei said that the DPP authorities colluding to cater to external forces, betraying national interests, and even fantasizing “using force to seek independence” will only bring Taiwan compatriots into the abyss of disaster. We are telling the Democratic Progressive Party authorities that any attempt and act to seize the country’s self-respect and split the country is doomed to be futile and will undoubtedly fail. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army will take all necessary measures to resolutely defeat any separatist conspiracy for “Taiwan independence” and firmly defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Japan must be cautious in its words and deeds on the Taiwan issue and the Diaoyu Islands issue.

According to media reports, Japan’s 2021 edition of the “Defense White Paper” drafted for the first time the content that “the stability of the situation in Taiwan is critical to Japan’s security and the stability of the international community” and that China’s military trends have caused concerns. The Japanese white paper also accused the Chinese coast guard boat of “violating international law” for its activities around the Diaoyu Islands. In response, Tan Kefei responded.

Tan Kefei said that Japan had disregarded the basic norms of international relations in the recent past, has grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs, deliberately exaggerated the so-called “Chinese military threat,” and groundlessly accused China of legitimate maritime activities. China has expressed firm opposition to this and has already addressed the Japanese side. Make solemn representations.

Tan Kefei said that the Taiwan issue is China’s internal affair, and no external interference is allowed. On this issue, the Japanese side should do best to keep in mind the grave disasters it launched in the war of aggression against China that brought the Chinese people, including Taiwan compatriots, to the correct treatment and profound reflection on the history of Japanese militarism aggression. We urge the Japanese side to learn from history, look into the future, be cautious in words and deeds, advance and retreat knowing what to do on issues related to China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and work with China to promote the development of bilateral relations on the right track.

Tan Kefei said that the Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated islands are China’s inherent territory, which has a solid historical and legal basis. The Japanese imperialists stole the Diaoyu Islands in 1895 using the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895. After the end of World War II in 1945, the sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands was returned to China under international legal documents such as the Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Proclamation. The Chinese official ship’s patrol enforcement in the waters of the Diaoyu Islands is an exercise of national sovereignty following the law.

Tan Kefei said that international law is the public weapon of the world, and any country cannot shake it out of its private message. Japan’s false accusation of China’s activities as “violating international law” precisely exposed its blatant contempt for international law. Those who hold this view should revisit the Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Proclamation.

“China will, as always, firmly defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and firmly defend the victory of the world’s anti-fascist war and the international order based on international law.” Tan Kefei said.

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