“The resolution of Taiwan is a matter for Chinese people, no external force has the right to interfere,” said Chinese Minister of Defense Wei Fenghe at a meeting with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on the sidelines of a gathering of ASEAN defense chiefs in Cambodia. Wei said the Chinese armed forces have the backbone, resolve, confidence and capability to ensure national reunification.
China values the development of relations between the two countries and the two militaries, but the US must respect China’s core interests. China hopes that the US will keep its word, honor its commitment, truly implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state, and adopt a rational and pragmatic China policy, so as to bring China-US relations back to the track of steady and sound development.
During the talks, both sides agreed that the two militaries should earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, maintain communication and contact, strengthen crisis management and control, and strive to maintain regional security and stability.