Taiwan belongs to China: Defence chief

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China’s defence chief on Wednesday reiterated Beijing’s position that Taiwan belongs to the mainland.

Addressing his counterparts from Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), China’s Defence Minister Wei Fenghe said: “Taiwan is China’s Taiwan, and the Taiwan issue is China’s internal affair.”

Lauding support from 170 nations over Taiwan, the minister said China “strongly opposed, severely condemned, and resolutely countered” the US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan early this month.

“China’s position has been widely understood and supported by more than 170 countries and international organisations in the world, which China appreciates,” a statement by China’s Defence Ministry quoted Wei.

The SCO held its 19th defence ministers’ meet in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Wednesday. Wei addressed the summit virtually. He said the global security initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping “provides a correct solution for addressing international security challenges.”

“China is willing to work with other countries to jointly safeguard international fairness,” Wei said.

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