China's foreign minister: U.S. made three mistakes on Taiwan issue
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, earlier this week at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. /Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, earlier this week at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. /Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

During his visit to Bangladesh, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the U.S. made three mistakes in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.

First, he said, it interfered in China's internal affairs. Despite China's repeated advice and warnings, the U.S. side insisted on sending the U.S. government's number three official. Wang said it is important to understand that Taiwan is not part of the United States, but a territory of China, and the U.S. itself has made a public commitment. What the U.S. has done is therefore, he said, a serious infringement of China's sovereignty.

Secondly, Wang said such U.S. actions are condoning support for the forces of "Taiwan independence". Any country must safeguard national unity and will not allow secessionist forces to act recklessly. Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party has included the pursuit of independence in its party constitution, noted Wang, and in recent years has been doing everything possible to promote progressive "Taiwan independence" and create "two Chinas" and "one China, one Taiwan". By visiting Taiwan, Pelosi has openly backed this up, working with the forces of secession and against the Chinese people.

Thirdly, Pelosi's visit is deliberately undermining peace in the Taiwan Strait, said Wang, noting that the U.S. is used to creating a problem first and then using it to achieve its own strategic agenda. He saw signs that the U.S. is trying to repeat the same trick in planning Pelosi's visit and is taking the opportunity to increase its military deployment in the region, which deserves high vigilance and resolute resistance from all sides.

Wang said that China's firm position and the measures taken are justified, reasonable, in accordance with the law, necessary, open and proportionate, aiming to safeguard China's sacred sovereignty and territorial integrity, deter the United States' attempt to "use Taiwan to control China," shatter the illusion that the Taiwan authorities "rely on the United States for independence," and truly safeguard the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait. The aim, he said, is to truly maintain peace in the Taiwan Strait and stability in the region.

Wang Yi stressed that the principle of non-interference in internal affairs is the "golden rule" of state-to-state relations and a "protective shield" for developing countries to safeguard their sovereignty and security. He thanked all countries for their understanding and support of China's position, saying that at a time when unilateral bullying practices are rampant, the international community should forge a clearer consensus and make a stronger voice to jointly uphold the basic norms of international relations and international law, and jointly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of all developing countries. 

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