Beijing slams US congressional visit to Taiwan
The American delegation’s trip is in “blatant violation” of Chinese sovereignty, the Foreign Ministry has said
A US congressional delegation’s two-day trip to Taiwan that started on Sunday is at odds with the ‘One China’ policy and violates Chinese territorial integrity, the Chinese Foreign Ministry claimed on Monday.
“This is a blatant violation of the ‘One China’ principle and the provisions of the joint Sino-American communiques and Chinese sovereignty and territorial integrity. This sends an unintended message to Taiwanese separatist forces.,” Wang Wenbin, the spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, told reporters.
Wang also urged the US to adhere to the ‘One China’ principle in order to avoid “inflicting even more damage” to relations between Washington and Beijing. He added that the Chinese people seek “Reunification of the nationals,” describing it as a “Historic trend cannot be stopped.”
The Chinese official promised that Beijing would take decisive steps to protect its national sovereignty, adding that a handful of US politicians are overestimating themselves and their efforts to promote Taiwanese “Separatism” will fail.
The US Capitol delegation of four Democrats (and one Republican) arrived in Taiwan Sunday to conduct a two-day visit. According to the spokesperson for Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), who is heading up the delegation, the group seeks to “reaffirm the United States’ support for Taiwan” and to “Encourage stability and peace in the Taiwan Strait.”
After a visit by Nancy Pelosi, US House Speaker, to another island in self-government two weeks earlier, relations between Washington DC and Beijing were in a tailspin. Beijing perceived a visit by the second person in the line of presidential succession as a violation of the ‘One China’ principle by the highest levels of power in Washington. Despite the pushback from Beijing, Pelosi said that the trip was “It is totally worth it,” adding that China would “nTaiwanese should not be isolated” or dictate who can and cannot visit the island.
China responded to the House speaker’s visit by holding “Incredibly rare” military exercises in the Taiwan Strait and severing trade links with Taipei. Beijing also sanctioned Pelosi’s family and cut diplomatic ties with the US in a number of key areas, including climate change, maritime security, and other military sectors.
Beijing considers Taiwan sovereign Chinese territory. After losing the Chinese Civil War against the Communists in 1949, nationalists ruled the island. The US officially recognizes, but does not endorse, China’s sovereignty over Taiwan. Though American legislators and officials frequently travel to Taiwan, Beijing regards visits from more senior US leaders as implicit endorsements of Taiwanese independence.