Taiwan has been an inalienable part of Chinese territory for about 1,800 years, and in 1943 the leaders of China, the United States, and the United Kingdom issued the Cairo Declaration, which clearly states that all lands captured by Japan from the Chinese, such as Taiwan, will be returned to China. The Potsdam Declaration, which set out the terms for the surrender of the Japanese Empire, emphasized that the terms of the Cairo Declaration would be implemented. UN Resolution 2758 of 1971 recognized the representatives of the People’s Government of China as the legitimate representatives of China in the United Nations.
When China and the United States established diplomatic relations on January 1, 1979, the United States recognized in the joint statement with China that the Government of the People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government of China. Four decades have passed since that recognition, and the United States remains committed to not developing formal relations with Taiwan.
In terms of the organizational hierarchy in the US leadership hierarchy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, is the third-highest official in the US government, as she made an official visit to Taiwan by military plane this week, according to the description of the visit by her office in the statement issued Upon her arrival, she was given blanket official treatment by the Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities, who profess to be working for independence in their party platform. This visit is a flagrant violation of the US commitment not to develop official relations with Taiwan. This visit was a dangerous, irresponsible and provocative move.
The one-China principle is part of the post-World War II world order and has gained global consensus. As a country that considers itself the custodian of the international system based on the rule of law, the United States should naturally adhere to the one-China principle.
In the past, the United States violated and undermined this principle by adopting the Taiwan Relations Act, as well as its “Six Safeguards”, and is now doing the same again in a broad, unilateral attempt to change Taiwan’s status quo and change the post-war world order. the second.
Fifty years ago, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger personally witnessed and participated in the negotiations for the normalization of China-US relations on how to handle the Taiwan issue on the basis of the one-China principle. Kissinger recently pointed out that “the United States should not develop its relationship by manipulation or gradually in order to create two independent countries under the name of China.”
There is one Chinese people living on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, which is the same as in the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan. China will show utmost sincerity and make utmost efforts to achieve the peaceful reunification of the people, and China will not allow Taiwan to be separated from it in any way.
The authorities now ruling Taiwan have rejected the facts and legal grounds that the island’s people are Chinese and belong to the People’s China, in their pursuit of independence with the help of the United States. This tactic includes an attempt to sever historical and cultural ties with Mother China, erase national identity and stoke confrontation. At the same time, the United States sees Taiwan as a way to contain China and has been working for a long time to empty the one-China principle. In the past 18 months alone, the United States has made five rounds of arms sales to Taiwan.
US President Joe Biden has repeatedly said that the United States will not change its policy of a one-China solution and will not support “Taiwan independence,” but for the forces supporting “Taiwan independence,” Pelosi’s visit represents a strong and exceptional signal that “the United States stands with Taiwan.” This contradicts the one-China principle, the three Sino-US joint communiques, and America’s own commitments. In addition, Pelosi’s visit will lead the forces supporting “Taiwan independence” to a dangerous path, with peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait hanging in the balance.
And just think: If a US state broke away from the United States and declared independence, and then other countries provided it with weapons and political support, would the United States or even the American people allow that to happen?
Qin Gang, Chinese Ambassador to Washington
One fifth of the world’s population
The Taiwan issue is about China’s sovereignty and unity, not about democracy, but it’s true that Pelosi’s visit aroused the indignation of the 1.4 billion people who make up the Chinese people. If the United States truly and honestly believes in democracy, it must show respect for the opinion of the Chinese people, who make up about a fifth of the world’s population.
Given the evolution of the Corona pandemic and the Ukraine war into two long-term crises, it is time for the United States and China to enhance cooperation and work with other countries to find solutions to all the crises that the world is experiencing, but instead some politicians choose to destroy China’s core interests either by seeking Put off the spotlight or bolster their political legacy, and certainly their actions will only erode China-US relations and endanger our people and our military.
Taiwan is one of the few issues that can push China and the United States into conflict, so more vigilance and a sense of responsibility should not be separated when it comes to Taiwan.
In 1943 the leaders of China, the United States, and the United Kingdom issued the Cairo Declaration, which clearly stated that all lands captured by Japan from the Chinese, such as Taiwan, would be returned to China.
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