BEIJING — The Chinese foreign ministry said Monday that China has lodged "stern representations" with the United States, after President Joe Biden said U.S. forces would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion.
China reserves the right to take all necessary measures in response to activities that split the nation apart, said Mao Ning, spokesperson at the foreign ministry, at a regular media briefing.
"We are willing to do our best to strive for peaceful reunification," Mao said. "At the same time, we will not tolerate any activities aimed at secession."
She also urged the U.S. to handle Taiwan-related issues "carefully and properly," and not send "wrong signals" to Taiwan independence separatist forces, warning the United States not to seriously damage Sino-U.S. relations and the peace in the Taiwan Strait.
"There is only one China in the world, Taiwan is part of China, and the government of the People's Republic of China is the only legitimate government of China," said Mao.