China reiterates opposition of foreign interference in Taiwan region
Updated 19:25, 20-May-2020

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Defense and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council on Wednesday reiterated that the Taiwan question falls into the ambit of China's internal affairs and any external interference into the matter will not be tolerated.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader Tsai Ing-wen made a speech at Wednesday's inauguration ceremony and the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a message to Tsai, trumpeting the so-called U.S. partnership with Taiwan.

China's Ministry of National Defense stressed in a statement that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has the resolve, confidence and ability to defeat separatist attempts for "Taiwan independence" in any form as well as any external interference.

In a statement, the Chinese Foreign Ministry stressed that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inalienable part of it.

China firmly opposes and condemns Pompeo's remarks and urges the United States to abide by the one-China principle as well as the three China-U.S. joint communiques, and handle Taiwan-related issues carefully and properly.

The U.S. recognizes the the government of the People's Republic of China as the sole legal government of China, and in this context, the people of the U.S. will maintain cultural, commercial and other unofficial relations with the people of Taiwan, the statement reiterated the content in the Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the People's Republic of China and the United States of America.

Photo taken on July 21, 2019 from Xiangshan Mountain shows the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan. /Xinhua

Photo taken on July 21, 2019 from Xiangshan Mountain shows the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan. /Xinhua

Taiwan issue concerns China's sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as China's core interests, the statement stressed.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian also expressed strong indignation and condemnation over congratulations by Pompeo and other officials to Tsai on her inauguration during Wednesday's press conference, saying that any attempts to support "Taiwan independence" are doomed to fail.

Moreover, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, said on Wednesday that current cross-Straits relations are difficult and complicated, and any attempt to separate Taiwan from China will not be tolerated.

According to Ma, the DPP's rejection of the 1992 Consensus unilaterally destroys cross-Straits relations and the political base for peaceful development, which is against the trend of time.

Noting the attempts by certain Taiwan organizations to plot "Taiwan Independence" through the so-called referendum for constitutional revision, the spokesperson said they pose a serious threat to the peace and stability of cross-Straits relations and severely damage China's core national interests and the rights and interests of people from both sides.

Many are attempting to seek independence amid the COVID-19 pandemic, said Ma, adding that their behavior is intolerable and will harm the common interests of compatriots.

Recently, some foreign politicians have used Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization to politicize the COVID-19 pandemic, and China has reiterated that the central government of China has made appropriate arrangements for the Taiwan region to participate in global health affairs on the premise of the one-China principle.

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Ma stressed that national reunification is the natural trend of history, while "Taiwan independence" is doomed to be a dead end.

China is committed to the principle of "One Country, Two Systems" and willing to create space for peaceful reunification, but will never leave room for any form of separatist activities, said the spokesperson.

"We have full confidence and firm determination to defend our national sovereignty and territorial integrity," said Ma, reiterating China's zero tolerance of any actions or attempts by external forces to alienate any part of Chinese territory from China.

Meanwhile, Ma also stressed that the Chinese mainland will continue to enhance cross-Straits exchanges with political parties, organizations and personnel on the common political foundation of the 1992 Consensus and peaceful reunification.