A Chinese official, located in the United States, has warned that Beijing is not happy with other countries supporting Taiwan. The comment was made to Newsweek after Ukraine thanked Taiwan for its ongoing support with the war against Russia.
Verkhovna Rada’s official Telegram account, where the post was shared, showed an image of a “die-in” demonstration held in Taiwan’s capital Taipei and included the statement, “from the first days of Russia’s full-scale invasion, Ukraine has been supported by distant Taiwan.”
“The struggle for the future of Ukraine continues, and we are grateful for the support from around the world!” the message continued. “The world is with us, because the truth is behind us!”
China has stated many times its stance on nations communicating with Taiwan, and China claims that the island nation is part of Chinese territory, riding on an apparent Communist victory that exiled nationalists over 70 years ago.
Liu Pengyu, spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in Washington, told Newsweek:
“On Taiwan’s support to Ukraine, the One-China policy is the political foundation for China to develop friendly relations with other countries,” Liu said. “China firmly opposes countries having diplomatic relations with China to conduct any form of official exchanges with Taiwan. “
Taiwan has already affirmed its support of Ukraine and during a press conference on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Joanne Ou stated:
“In the spirit of solidarity and mutual assistance among democratic countries, Taiwan reiterates its firm support for safeguarding Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” adding, “We oppose the use of force to unilaterally change the status quo and the inhumanity and invasion of the Ukrainian people by violence.”
She stated that “Taiwan will work with like-minded countries to continue to provide aid and relief materials to the Ukrainian people who are in Ukraine and evacuated to neighboring European countries.”
“Our country sincerely hopes that the war will end as soon as possible, Ukraine will return to its former tranquility and the people will be able to return to normal life as soon as possible,” she added.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen also stated that, “through donations, demonstrations & our words, we want to show the Ukrainian people that you are not alone in your fight for freedom.”
The United States does not have formal ties with Taiwan, but over recent years, the informal relations have increased significantly, spurring China’s anger.
Several influential U.S figures have openly gone against the wishes of China and recently sent a delegation of lawmakers who have expressed support for Taiwan and Liu expressed China’s deep opposition to such visits.
“The visit of the mentioned members of the U.S. Congress to Taiwan gravely violates the one-China principle and the stipulations of the three Sino-U.S. Joint Communiques,” Liu told Newsweek, referencing three statements declared by the both nations between 1972 and 1982, which established relations between the U.S and China in 1979.
“China firmly opposes this and has lodged stern representation with the U.S. side,” Liu said. “We urge the US side to honor its commitment of adhering to the one-China policy, earnestly abide by the one-China principle and the three Sino-US Joint Communiques, immediately stop all forms of official interactions with Taiwan and avoid sending wrong signals to the ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces, lest it should further undermine China-U.S. relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”
The Chinese Defense Ministry said in a statement: “General Wei Fenghe said that China and the US should earnestly implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state, respect each other, coexist peacefully and avoid confrontation, and the US side should fulfill its commitment that it has no intention to seek a new Cold War or change China’s system, that the revitalization of US alliances is not anti-China, that the US does not support ‘Taiwan independence’, and that it is not looking for conflict or confrontation with China.”
Wei has called for better ties between the two nations and to have “also expressed a solemn stance on the Taiwan question, stressing that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China, which is a fact and status quo that no one can change.”
“If the Taiwan question is not handled properly, it will have a subversive effect on the China-US relations,” Wei was cited as saying. “The Chinese military will resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity.”