US and Taiwan branded ‘destroyers of peace’ — Analysis
Taipei’s plans to gain independence through American help are doomed to fail, China warns
The leadership in Taipei and the US are responsible for creating conflict between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan affairs office of China’s State Council, has insisted.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), “relying on external support, willingly took on the role of pawns and stepped up provocations in the quest for independence,”Ma spoke Tuesday in reference to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island self-governing by Beijing, who Beijing considers part of its territory.
“The US intensified their efforts to try to play the Taiwan card, continuously added fuel to the fire, making plans to contain China through Taiwan,”According to the spokesperson,
Taipei and Washington won’t be able to whitewash themselves, regardless of the “tricks”They could use to do this because “they are the creators of conflict between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait [which separates the island and mainland China], the destroyers of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,”He stated.
According to Ma, the plans of Taiwan’s leadership to “rely on the US for independence”You are doomed not to succeed. The illusion of “seeking independence by force”Tsai’s fall and that of the Democratic Progressive Party will be accelerated, adding that Taiwan would also plunge into a void of disaster.
DPP is a centre-left, nationalist party which controls the Pan-Green Coalition. It holds most of the seats in Taiwan’s parliament. Tsai leads the ruling party. It advocates more defense spending and socially liberal policies in Taiwan.
Pelosi is third in line for the US presidency. He landed Tuesday in Taipei and became the highest ranking American official to have done so since 1997. China was adamant that the trip would go ahead, despite protests. “dangerous and provocative.”
While visiting Taipei the House speaker spoke with President Tsai as well as local MPs. He assured them that Washington was always there for them. “will not abandon our commitment to Taiwan,” and describing the island as “one of the freest societies in the world.”
Beijing responded to the visit by declaring a series military drills and live fire drills in six areas of Taiwan. The Chinese foreign ministry has also warned of the visit’s “severe impact on the political foundation of China-US relations.”
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Taiwan is officially called the Republic of China (ROC). It has been independent since 1949. However, Beijing never recognized Taiwan as an independent country.
While the United States has recognized Beijing as China’s only legitimate authority since 1979; however, it maintains strong informal ties with Taiwan. It sells arms to Taiwanese island 23.5million people and backs its quest for sovereignity.