One head foreign relations official for China claimed that the issue of Taiwan independence was a charging “gray rhino” that must be halted while speaking at an event held in New York near the end of last week.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi targeted Taiwan as part of his Thursday comments at the Asia Society in New York while he was attending meetings at the UN.
“Taiwan independence is like a highly disruptive gray rhino charging towards us that must be stopped resolutely,” he stated while attending the event. “We have always worked with the greatest sincerity and effort to pursue peaceful reunification, but we will never tolerate any activity aimed at secession.”
Historically, the term “gray rhinos” was been utilized by officials in China to highlight a financial risk. Wang also spoke out about Taiwan on Saturday as part of an address to the U.N. stating that those who he stated stood in the way of the reunifying of the island with the mainland would be “crushed by the wheels of history.”
“Only when China is fully reunified can there be true peace across the Taiwan Strait,” he stated as part of his very first in-person speech given at the venue in close to two years’ time. “The PRC government is the sole government representing all of China.”
The aggressive language from Wang came in the wake of Old Uncle Joe claiming via an interview with the show “60 Minutes” that the U.S. Military would take part in war against communist China if China chose to attack Taiwan. Biden’s comments were very quickly walked back and obfuscated by various White House officials.
Biden issued these remarks as part of an interview with Scott Pelley, the leftist hose of CBS News’ “60 Minutes.”
Pelley questioned of Biden, “What should Chinese President Xi know about your commitment to Taiwan?”
“We agree with what we signed onto a long time ago. And that there’s one China policy, and Taiwan makes their own judgments about their independence,” answered Biden. “We are not moving — we’re not encouraging their being independent. We’re not — that — that’s their decision.”
“But would U.S. Forces defend the island?” questioned Pelley.
“Yes, if in fact there was an unprecedented attack,” shot back Biden.
Pelley stated that in the wake of the interview, an official with the White House explained to the show that U.S. Policy has not had any changes and outright refused to give an official comment about if the U.S. Military would stand in defense of Taiwan.
“So unlike Ukraine, to be clear, sir, U.S. Forces, U.S. men and women would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion?” questioned Pelley.
“Yes,” Biden expressed, doubling down.