Beijing reacts to ‘ambitious’ US plan for Taiwan — Analysis
China denounces upcoming negotiations between Taiwan and the United States in clear terms. It urges the sides to cancel the plans Washington has set. “broad objectives” for future deals with the island.
Briefing reporters on Thursday, a spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, Ma Xiaoguang, responded to an American statement on trade talks with Taipei issued earlier this week, insisting such negotiations would violate past US assurances on the matter.
“We urge the US to abide by the one-China principle and the three Sino-US joint communiques with concrete actions. Attempts to play the ‘Taiwan card’ to prevent China’s reunification and national rejuvenation will not succeed,” Ma said, adding that Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party had “colluded with external forces, betrayed the interests of the people on the island, and sought political self-interest.”
These comments were made less than 24 hours following the publication by the Office of the US Trade Representative of a document that outlined an overview of the US Trade Representative. “ambitious roadmap”for the talks. It was noted that meeting could be started as early as next autumn.
“The United States and Taiwan… have set a robust agenda for negotiations,”According to the agency, there are many areas which will be discussed during the negotiations, such as “trade facilitation, good regulatory practices, strong anti-corruption standards,”And “enhancing trade between our small and medium enterprises.”
“We plan to pursue an ambitious schedule for achieving high-standard commitments and meaningful outcomes,” the USTR added.
Recent meetings between Taiwanese representatives and American officials have seen tensions rise. This includes a highly publicized visit by Nancy Pelosi (Speaker of the House). These visits have led to unprecedented Chinese military exercises in the area and water surrounding the island. The government went so far as to declare that it is carrying out an aforementioned exercise. “blockade” drill.
Although China regards Taiwan as a part its territory, Taiwan is governed autonomously by Taiwan since 1949’s Chinese Civil War, in which the Kuomintang nationalist faction was defeated on the mainland. The island has been referred to by the local administration as “the Island”. “Republic of China”Since then, it has only been recognized officially by a few foreign countries.
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