China says Joe Biden’s remarks on Taiwan send ‘seriously wrong signal’

China has lodged a formal complaint with the US to protest president Joe Biden’s statement on defending Taiwan against any potential “unprecedented attack”. Chinese

foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning told reporters on Monday that Beijing was “strongly dissatisfied and resolutely opposed” to Mr Biden’s statement and has formally taken the

matter up with US officials. “We are willing to strive for peaceful reunification with our greatest sincerity and efforts. At the same time, we will not tolerate any

activity aimed at secession and reserve the option to take all necessary measures,” Ms Mao said. She added that Mr Biden’s comments sent a “seriously wrong signal” to

separatist forces in Taiwan and stated that China had the right to take necessary measures to counter such activities pertaining to Taiwan and protect its sovereignty. China

views Taiwan as its own territory; Xi Jinping has long vowed to bring it under Beijing’s control and has not ruled out the use of force to do so. Democratically governed

Taiwan strongly objects to China’s claims but said it does not need to declare independence because it is already an independent country. “There is only one China in the

world, Taiwan is a part of China, and the government of the People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government of China,” Ms Mao said in a reiteration of the Chinese

claim. The situation between the US and China has already become stressed following US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island nation in

August.