China condemns, rejects EU report on ties with Taiwan region
China strongly condemned and firmly rejected the so-called report on the political relations and cooperation between the European Union (EU) and Taiwan adopted by the European Parliament and urged the European Parliament to immediately stop its words and deeds that undermined China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin on Thursday made the remarks at a daily news briefing when asked about the adoption of a so-called report on the political relations and cooperation between the EU and China's Taiwan by the European Parliament.
Wang said there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory. The one-China principle is an international consensus and the political foundation of China's diplomatic relations with the EU.
The report adopted by the European Parliament is a serious violation of the basic norms of international relations, the one-China principle and the commitments made by the EU on the Taiwan issue, Wang said.
"The European Parliament should immediately stop its words and deeds that undermined China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and stop provocation and confrontation. We urge relevant parties not to underestimate the strong resolution, determination and capability of the Chinese people to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity," he said.
On the same day, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) said it firmly opposed the move by the European Parliament.
As one of the most important EU institutions, the European Parliament should have honored its commitment to China-EU relations. The adoption of the report is an erroneous and dangerous move concerning Taiwan-related issues, and will seriously damage the mutual political trust and the foundation for mutual exchanges between China and the EU, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the NPC said in a statement.
"We strongly urge the European Parliament to understand the high sensitivity of the Taiwan issue, abide by the one-China principle, immediately correct its erroneous words and deeds, and play an active and constructive role in promoting the healthy development of China-EU relations," the statement said.
(Cover: Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (C) delivers a speech during a debate on the rule of law crisis in Poland and the primacy of EU law at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, October 19, 2021. /CFP)