(ConcernedPatriot.com) – Making his first appearance on a global stage, Chinese National Defense Minister Li Shangfu warned attendees of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Sunday that Beijing’s military would strike “without any hesitation” against any allies of Taiwan who sought to support the island’s independence from Beijing.
Li spent the majority of his speech at the occasion, which serves as an annual forum for the most influential military figures in the world to discuss the future of national defense, advocating for the Communist Party’s “Global Security Initiative,” a plan put forth by genocidal dictator Xi Jinping that discourages nations from acting in their own national security interests in favor of vague “win-win cooperation.”
Li emphasized that China was a leader in promoting international peace, constantly denouncing the United States as a force for “hegemony” and a “self-serving” clique forming without mentioning the U.S.
In the South China Sea, where China erroneously claims territory belonging to Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines and frequently engages in hostilities with foreign ships legitimately anchored in Chinese territorial seas, Li also pressured America to end its presence.
Li was cited as stating by China’s state-run CGTN broadcaster: “Today, Asia-Pacific needs big pies of open and inclusive cooperation, not small cliques that are self-serving and exclusive.”
“China is ready to work with all other parties to build stronger security and confidence-building systems, promote more equitable security rules, improve multilateral security mechanisms, and carry out more effective defense and security cooperation,” Li was quoted as saying by CGTN.
“China calls for mutual respect to triumph over coercion and hegemony, fairness and justice to surpass the rule of the jungle, the eradication of conflicts and confrontation through mutual trust and consultation, and the prevention of bloc confrontation through openness and inclusivity.”
Li asserted that American “freedom of navigation” exercises in the South China Sea, where the U.S. Navy sails in international waters to oppose China’s illegitimate claims, were actually “hegemony of navigation” exercises and an effort to “muddy the waters to rake in profits,” without providing any further details.
He urged countries to “firmly reject” freedom of navigation drills in the South China Sea. Li then addressed Taiwan, expressing his warning to strike down anyone who acknowledged Taiwan’s sovereignty.
A senior Chinese diplomat has demanded that Germany support its “peaceful” conquest of Taiwan. https://t.co/g3t5cb60oD
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) April 16, 2023
Li was cited by the Defense Ministry as saying, “If anyone dares to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese military will resolutely safeguard China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity without any hesitation, at all costs, and without fear of any adversary.”
In contrast to his appeal for the meaning of “peace” used by Chinese communists, Li’s words on Taiwan were highlighted in the Ministry’s news release on his address.
Li allegedly declared, “How to solve the Taiwan question is Chinese people’s own business, which brooks no foreign interference.” The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government conspires with foreign powers to achieve independence, and some of these powers utilize Taiwan to restrain China. They are the ones who are most likely to disturb the peace across the Taiwan Strait.”
China has been accused of ‘bullying’ after sailing a warship within 150m of a Canadian destroyer in the Taiwan Strait
Just what was a Chinese warship even doing there off the coast of China?
— RT (@RT_com) June 5, 2023
The DPP, an anti-communist, pro-democracy party, is now in power in Taiwan. Off the coast of China, Taiwan is a free, prosperous, and stable country with no political links to China and no history of being governed by Beijing.
Despite this, China inaccurately labels Taiwan as a rebellious “province” and forces nations, like the United States, that seek to preserve diplomatic ties with the Communist Party to downplay the fact of Taiwan’s sovereignty.
Only 13 nations in the world recognize Taiwan as a country due to China’s threats.
In response to Li’s speech, the Taiwanese government noted that June 4, the day it was delivered, was also the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, one of the most brutal individual events in communist China’s history.
The Communist Party sent in the troops to physically crush demonstrators, beat them in front of the public, and kill them in reaction to peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations in the Beijing plaza primarily spearheaded by college students.
Although estimates go into the thousands, the actual death toll from the atrocity is still unclear. The massacre in China has been severely repressed by the Communist Party, practically erasing it from history.
Online, even references to the dates of the slaughter, six and four, are forbidden around the anniversary. The tragedy is mentioned in occupied areas like Hong Kong, although officials dispute that it was a massacre.
Following the wave of pro-democracy protests in 2019, communists in Hong Kong prohibited the city’s traditional candlelight memorial for the massacre victims.
Following Li’s speech, Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu issued a statement shared on social media under the heading, “On the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, [Chinese] generals threaten to use force against Taiwan to rob us of our freedom and democracy.” “To show the Chinese people there is hope, we’ll stay free and tenacious.”
On the #Tiananmen Square massacre remembrance day, #PRC generals threaten to use force against #Taiwan to deprive us of our freedom & democracy. We’ll stay free & resilient to remind the Chinese people there’s hope. We won’t forget what happened 34 years ago today. JW pic.twitter.com/EFr7UAHCs7
— 外交部 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan) 🇹🇼 (@MOFA_Taiwan) June 4, 2023
In a statement released in recognition of the June 4 anniversary, the Taiwanese Mainland Affairs Council demanded that China “face up to the historical facts after its violent crackdown on the students and protesters demanding political reforms on June 4, 1989.”
“The Tiananmen Square Incident should remind the Beijing government that utilizing force will only result in harsh and intolerable repercussions.”
“They should reject all coercive or coercive methods in handling cross-Strait relations and accept the firm attitude taken by the Taiwanese people toward their sovereignty and dignity.”
Li’s remarks on Taiwan fell short of the height of Chinese aggression when Xi Jinping promised in a 2019 speech that those who supported the reality of Taiwan’s independence (as well as pro-democracy forces in Hong Kong, Macau, and East Turkistan) would have their “bones ground to powder.”
Nonetheless, Li threatened violence against fellow participants at the Shangri-La Dialogue to conquer Taiwan. Despite its intrinsically violent nature, China’s propaganda channels quickly asserted that Li’s statements illustrated “world peace and development.”
According to the state-run propaganda journal Global Times, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s address was “a stark contrast to the U.S.’ divisive and bloc confrontation approach reflected in the speech by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin ‘ U.S.’ leadership in the Indo-Pacific.'”
The US got upset for a *Chinese* fighter jet making a left turn in the South *China* Sea.
They called the move “unnecessarily aggressive”. If they think that’s aggressive, how should China feel about the arms deal the US made w/ Taiwan on the exact same day? pic.twitter.com/RkasDzUTCW
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Notably, the publication did not mention any offensive passages from Austin’s address. However, Austin frequently spoke about fostering peace worldwide and rejecting violence.
And, unlike Li, Austin referred to China as a “bullying” rogue force in his address rather than using it to threaten a military strike on any other nation.
This is a developing story.
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