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Ministry of National Defense: “Containing China Is a Mission Impossible”

Starting one week after Biden took office, he and several of his officials repeatedly expressed support for allies in the Indo-Pacific region. This has been interpreted as the Biden administration warning against China’s aggressive stance. On January 28, Wu Qian, director of the Information Bureau of the Ministry of National Defense of China, said during his regular press conference, that, if the United States wants to contain China, it is a “Mission Impossible.”

Wu said that the China and U.S. relationship encountered extreme hardships during the Trump administration. The militaries of both countries faced many risks and challenges. Facts have proven that it is an impossible task for the U.S. to contain China. In the end, the U.S. will only shoot itself in the foot. To Contain China is a Mission Impossible!

On the first weekend after taking office, Biden spoke with the leaders of many European countries, expressing the U.S. interest in working together on China. Many of his senior officials also reaffirmed their support for East Asian countries. In telephone calls with the foreign ministers of France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, and Italy, the newly appointed Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged to stand with them in the face of China. State Council Spokesperson Ned Price also criticized the Chinese military’s activities near Taiwan and said that, “the U.S. commitment to Taiwan is rock-solid and contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and within the region.”

1. Sina, January 28, 2021
2. Radio Free Asia, January 28, 2021