China will defend its territory, Minister of defense

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in fotomancer of defense of the PRC, Colonel-General Wei Fanha. Archival photoChina will defend its territory, Minister of defense© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva the image Bank

The defense Minister of China Wei FENHE during a meeting with Pentagon chief James Mattis said that China «will not stand for any price» and will firmly safeguard its territorial integrity, the statement reads of the defense Ministry of China.

A bilateral meeting in the format of «2+2» was held yesterday in Washington.

«China’s armed forces stand firmly against any action aimed at splitting the country will not stand for any price to protect state sovereignty, security and territorial integrity» — are the words Wei Fanha on the Ministry’s website.

The sides exchanged views on the issue of the South China sea, the Taiwan issue and the situation around the Korean Peninsula.

Chinese foreign Ministry has repeatedly called Taiwan the most sensitive issue in bilateral relations USA and China. Beijing is jealous of the relations of other countries with Taiwan, which it considers its territory. Chinese authorities have repeatedly protested the US because of the supply of the island of weapons.

Earlier, defense Minister of China, speaking at Senanikom forum on security issues, said that China’s Armed forces will take any action if someone decides to separate Taiwan from China.

Official relations between the Central government of China and the island province was interrupted in 1949 after defeated in the civil war with the Communist party of China Kuomintang forces headed by Chiang Kai-shek moved to Taiwan. Business and informal contacts between Taiwan and mainland China resumed in late 1980-ies. Since the early 1990-ies, the parties began to communicate through non-governmental organizations, the Beijing Association for the development of relations across the Taiwan Strait and Taipei Fund exchanges across the Strait.