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Wang Yi Elaborates on the Real Status Quo of Taiwan Question

2022-09-23 18:15

On September 22, 2022 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi answered questions on site after delivering a keynote speech at the Asia Society headquarters in New York.

In response to a question on how he views the status quo of the Taiwan question, Wang Yi said that the Taiwan question is the biggest and most fundamental issue affecting future China-U.S. relations. The U.S. side has repeatedly claimed that it does not want any party to change the status quo on Taiwan. We must first figure out what the status quo on Taiwan is and who has changed the status quo on the Taiwan question.

Wang Yi stressed that the fundamental status quo of the Taiwan question is, first of all, that Taiwan, as a part of China, has never been a country, neither in history nor now, and is even less likely to be a country in the future. Second, although the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are yet to realize complete reunification, the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China have never been divided, nor can they be. There is but one China. This is explicitly reflected in the legal documents of both sides of the Taiwan Strait. Third, the UN General Assembly Resolution 2758 adopted in 1971 resolved once and for all the representation of the whole of China, Taiwan included, within the United Nations and expelled Taiwan's so-called representatives from the United Nations. It confirmed that Taiwan is a part of China, and also eliminated any room for creating "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan".

Wang Yi said that China's policy on the handling of the Taiwan question is very clear, which is to work with the greatest sincerity and effort to pursue peaceful reunification. This policy is always consistent and stable. To realize peaceful reunification, we must resolutely oppose "Taiwan independence". In other words, the more rampant "Taiwan independence" forces are, the less likely it is for a peaceful solution to the Taiwan question. Division of the country for "Taiwan independence" and a peaceful solution are incompatible with each other. If the Anti-Secession Law is eventually violated, we must take all necessary measures in accordance with the law. Therefore, should the U.S. side also wants a peaceful solution to the Taiwan question, it must take a clear stance to stop all acts of "Taiwan independence", otherwise it will only backfire, and the responsibility will not lie with the Chinese side. This is very clear.

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