China’s defense chief warns Beijing would ‘fight to the end’ to stop Taiwan’s independence | World News,The Indian Express
Wei Fenghe slammed US Secretary of Defense Austin's "smearing" accusation that China was causing regional instability. He said Beijing would do whatever it takes to ensure reunification with Taiwan.
The “pursuit of Taiwan independence is a dead end,” China’s Defense Minister Wei Fenghe told the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, on Sunday.
He said China would do anything in its power to stop Taiwanese independence amid soaring tensions with the United States over the issue.
“If anyone dares to secede Taiwan from China, we will not hesitate to fight. We will fight at all costs, and we definitely will fight to the very end. This is the only choice for China,” Wei warned.
His statement comes a day after US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin criticized China for a “more coercive and aggressive approach to its territorial claims.”
“We’ve witnessed a steady increase in provocative and destabilizing military activity near Taiwan, and that includes PLA [Chinese military] aircraft flying near Taiwan in record numbers in recent months and nearly on a daily basis,” Austin said at the same conference in Singapore.