Chinese envoy urges U.S. to contain 'Taiwan independence' forces
Chinese Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang, on Thursday, urged the U.S. to work with China to oppose and contain "Taiwan independence" separatist forces.
Qin made the remarks when delivering a speech at an event to mark the 50th anniversary of former U.S. President Richard Nixon's visit to China. The event was held at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in California.
Qin stressed that the one-China principle is the "unshakable political foundation" for China-U.S. relations, and that red line cannot be crossed.
China will do its utmost to achieve a peaceful reunification, he said, adding that "Taiwan independence" separatist forces are the biggest obstacle to that mission.
"If they are allowed to go down in the dangerous path, risks for tension will be heightened," he said. "To maintain peace and stability, the U.S. side should honor its commitments on the Taiwan question and work with China to oppose and contain 'Taiwan independence' separatist forces."
As permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, China and the U.S. cannot afford to be confrontational, hostile or estranged toward each other, the ambassador said.
Nixon made a historic visit to China from February 21 to 28, 1972, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit the People's Republic of China. The two countries issued the Joint Communique of the People's Republic of China and the United States of America, also known as the Shanghai Communique.
The communique "established the principles to be followed in the development of bilateral relations, especially the one-China principle," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said earlier this month.
"It has become the political foundation for the normalization of China-U.S. relations and the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries," Zhao said.