A spokesperson for China's defense ministry said on Thursday that there is “no room for compromise” in regard to Taiwan.
At a monthly news briefing, Wu Qian said it is imperative for China and the U.S. to have a good relationship but that the U.S. has overstepped multiple times regarding Taiwan, Reuters reported.
"For a period of time, the U.S. side has said a lot of irresponsible things and done a lot of provocative things on Taiwan, the South China Sea, and close-up reconnaissance by warships and aircraft," Wu said.
China claims Taiwan as its own territory, though the democratically run island has been self-governed for decades. The U.S. is one of Taiwan’s biggest international supporters.
Wu said Thursday that anyone who supports Taiwan’s independence is “playing with fire,” according to Reuters.
"Especially on the Taiwan issue, China has no room for compromise, and the U.S. side should not have any illusions about this,” he added.
Tensions have risen between China and Taiwan over the past few months, and both sides have ramped up military efforts.
President BidenJoe BidenGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Five House members meet with Taiwanese president despite Chinese objections Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist MORE previously said the U.S. would defend Taiwan if China invaded, with the White House later walking back the comment.