The Communist China Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian held a press conference on May 20.
Phoenix TV reporter asked the following questions: First, U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo sent a congratulatory message to Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday, congratulating her on her second term. Pompeo called Tsai Ing-wen a “president” and praised Taiwan as a strong and trusted “partner.” This is the first time in recent decades that the U.S. Secretary of State has publicly congratulated Taiwan’s regional leaders on a new term. What is China’s response? Second, Tsai Ing-wen said in her inaugural address that the next four years will continue to seek participation in international organizations, actively participate in regional cooperation mechanisms, make practical contributions to peace, stability and prosperity in India and The Pacific, and emphasize the need to play a more active role in peace and stability in India and The Pacific. What’s your response to that?
Zhao Lijian: On the first question, we have issued a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on this issue.
On May 20, U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo issued a statement congratulating Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen on her inauguration, calling her the “president” and boasting the U.S.-Taiwan “partnership.” Some U.S. government officials and some U.S. politicians sent a video congratulation message to Tsai Ing-wen. The U.S. actions are a serious violation of the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China-U.S. joint communiques and serious interference in China’s internal affairs. China expresses its strong indignation and condemns it.
There is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is a part of China’s territory. “Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and the U.S. clearly states that the United States recognizes the Government of the People’s Republic of China as the sole legitimate government of China, and that, to the extent of this, the Americans maintain only cultural, commercial and other unofficial relations with the people of Taiwan. The above-mentioned actions and actions of the United States constitute a serious violation of the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China- the U.S. joint communiques, in flagrant violation of the commitments made by the United States Government itself, and sent the wrong signal to the separatist forces of “Taiwan independence” and seriously undermine the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait and China-U.S. relations.
The Taiwan issue concerns China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and china’s core interests. The Chinese government and people continue to oppose the separatist activities of “Taiwan independence” and to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to oppose any interference in China’s internal affairs by any external forces, as is the determination to achieve cross-strait reunification. We are telling the United States that “Taiwan independence” is a dead end, and that connivance and support for “Taiwan independence” is doomed to failure. Any act that undermines China’s core interests and interferes in China’s internal affairs will be forcefully countered by China and will not stop the historical trend of China’s reunification. China urges the U.S. to immediately correct its mistakes, abide by the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China-U.S. joint communiques, stop official U.S.-Taiwan exchanges and enhance substantive relations with Taiwan, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, and stop any words or actions that undermine peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and China-U.S. relations.
China will take the necessary measures against the above-mentioned wrong actions of the United States, and the consequences should be borne by the United States.
On the second question, a spokesman for the State Taiwan Affairs Office has taken a position on the DPP leader’s “5.20” speech.
I would like to emphasize that there is only one China in the world and that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. The one-China principle is the basic norm of international relations, and it is also the general trend of the international community. Any attempt to create “two Chinas” and “one China, one Taiwan” in the international arena is futile and doomed to failure.