China on Taiwan: ‘External interference’ won’t be tolerated

 


Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

China has underscored its commitment to its claim on Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping told a gathering of international leaders on Saturday that anyone who stands in the way of the country’s ambition to reunite with the autonomous island will be “crushed by the wheels of history.”

Although the language was stern, it was perfectly acceptable for Chinese leadership.

“Only when China is fully reunified can there be true peace across the Taiwan Strait,” Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, said at the U.N. General Assembly. He said Beijing would “take the most forceful steps to oppose external interference.”

Taiwan, which broke away from the mainland following a civil war in 1949 and now has its own functioning government, is subject to frequent and fierce Chinese defenses of its claim to the island. A trip made by the US House Speaker last month Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, sharply stepped up hostilities between Washington and Beijing.

Although direct, the wording matched China’s customary earnestness towards the island; its claim is frequently brought up in important international speeches. Taiwan is a key concern for Chinese policy, therefore Wang’s attendance at the leaders’ gathering rather than that of his superior, Chinese President Xi Jinping, was a clue that the address might not have been all that important.

 

“The PRC government is the sole government representing all of China,” Wang said, referring to China’s formal name, the People’s Republic of China. “The one-China principle has become a basic norm in international relations.”

He added: “Any move to obstruct China’s reunification is bound to be crushed by the wheels of history.”

China consistently applies pressure to any country, business, or mapmaker who even suggests Taiwan might be a distinct country. Because of the strength of the mainland government, Taiwan must compete as “Chinese Taipei” in international competitions like the Olympics, notwithstanding a few U.N. Members still maintain diplomatic ties with Taipei as opposed to Beijing.

At the U.N. on Saturday Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, talked passionately on allowing Taiwan to increase its profile in international organizations, such as the World Health Organization, just a few speakers before Wang.

“How can we stand askance, in relative silence and contented inaction, in disregard of Taiwan’s legitimate right to exist in accord with the wishes and will of the Taiwanese people?” he asked.

 


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Wang’s attendance at the United Nations in person in 2022 After two years of distant, pandemic-era lectures by China’s top official, General Assembly finally arrived. This year’s ceremony was skipped by both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Xi. U.S. On Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden spoke.

China and the United States have a tense diplomatic relationship and disagree on a number of fundamental issues. They have fought for years over issues related to human rights, most recently the plight of Uyghurs in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang. Beijing considers American criticism to be hypocritical and an intrusion into its domestic affairs.

This is consistently reflected in the leadership of China’s statements. In Wang’s address, Washington was subtly criticized through the use of coded language and allusions. For instance, Wang remarked, “We must defend equity and fight bullying,” and “We stand firmly against attempts to politicize human rights” in reference to long-standing grievances it has with U.S. policy.

While Taiwan and human rights continue to obstruct China-US relations. between Wang and the U.S. On Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the General Assembly’s sidelines, they did meet in person.

According to American officials, Blinken increased the Biden administration’s pressure on China to stop acting provocatively toward Taiwan. Wang reportedly reminded his counterpart that “the current China-U.S. ties are facing grave consequences and there are lessons that the U.S. side has to learn from” according to a summary of the meeting by China’s Foreign Ministry.

However, it also stated that “both parties felt that the discussion was candid, constructive, and important, and agreed to sustain communication.” It stated that the two discussed “the U.S. side’s recent erroneous acts on the Taiwan subject.”

After Mao Zedong’s Communist forces overthrew the Chinese government in 1949, Chiang Kai-Nationalists shek’s fled to Taiwan and continued their independent administration there. Up until 1979, when Washington forged ties with Beijing, it was recognized by the US.


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