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Wang Yi: "Taiwan Independence", Like a Highly Destructive "Gray Rhino", Must Be Resolutely Stopped

2022-09-23 23:55

On September 22, 2022 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivered a keynote Speech at the Asia Society headquarters in New York.

Wang Yi said, the Taiwan question is at the heart of China's core interests; the one-China principle is the cornerstone of the political foundation for China-U.S. relations; the three China-U.S. Joint Communiqués are the most crucial "guardrails" for our relations. As things stand, the Taiwan question is growing into the biggest risk in China-U.S. relations. Should it be mishandled, it is most likely to devastate our bilateral ties.

It is stated in black and white in the 1972 Shanghai Communiqué, the 1978 Communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations, and the August 17 Communiqué of 1982, that there is but one China and Taiwan is part of China, and the Government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal Government of China. Successive U.S. administrations have clearly reaffirmed their commitment to the one-China policy and several U.S. Presidents have stated their opposition to Taiwan "independence". All these have been kept on record.

However, it is with U.S. interference and connivance that "Taiwan independence" forces have grown and expanded, undermining the hard-earned prospect of peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. "Taiwan independence", like a highly destructive "gray rhino" charging toward us, must be resolutely stopped.

Wang Yi said, of all the major countries in the world, China is the only one that is yet to realize complete reunification. National reunification is the shared wish and aspiration of all the Chinese sons and daughters. It is also clearly stipulated in China's Constitution. "Peaceful reunification and One country, Two systems" - this fundamental guideline best meets the overall interests of the Chinese nation including the Taiwan compatriots, and represents the most practicable and inclusive solution to addressing the difference in system between the mainland and Taiwan. Such a solution is peaceful, democratic, of goodwill and benefits both sides. Although the two sides of the Taiwan Strait practise different systems, it is not an obstacle to reunification, still less an excuse for secession. We have always worked with the greatest sincerity and effort to pursue peaceful reunification. But we will never tolerate any activity aimed at secession. We reserve the option of taking all necessary measures. This position is designed to forestall actions that violate the Anti-Secession Law; it in no way targets the fellow Chinese in Taiwan. Checking separatist activities for "Taiwan independence", upholding territorial integrity and safeguarding peace in the Taiwan Strait is a sacred right that China exercises in accordance with domestic and international law.

Wang Yi stressed, the Taiwan question arose as a result of weakness and chaos in the nation, and it will be resolved as national rejuvenation becomes a reality. Reunification is the trend of history and the aspiration of the people. The United States should choose to stand on the right side of history.

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