White House security advisor warns China of worldwide 'backlash' if it tries to use force against Taiwan
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
During a speech in Manila on Monday, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien assured the Philippines and Vietnam that "we've got your back" when it comes to China's disputes with those countries over the South China Sea. He then warned that Beijing would face a "backlash" if it tried to use military force against Taiwan, reported The Hill.
“I can’t imagine anything that will cause a greater backlash against China from the entire world if they attempted to use military force to coerce Taiwan,” said O'Brien. He then added that “The U.S. is with her friends in Taipei. We will continue to be there.”
In response, the Chinese embassy in Manila issued a statement in which it claimed that O'Brien's visit to the region "is not to promote regional peace and stability, but to create chaos in the region in order to seek selfish interests of the US." [FULL STORY]