BEIJING (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – Sep 24th, 2022) A peaceful settlement of the Taiwan Strait dispute is incompatible with Taiwan’s independence from China, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday.
“A peaceful settlement is not compatible with Taiwan’s separatism and independence; the more uninterrupted efforts are made to achieve the island’s independence, the less likely a peaceful settlement will be,” China’s Foreign Ministry quoted Wang as saying in a meeting with the US secretary of state. Antony Blinken of the State next to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
In order to preserve peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, it is necessary to oppose and stop any move aimed at achieving Taiwan independence, Wang said.
The foreign minister noted that China and the United States have common interests and deep differences, adding that both sides knew they were dealing with a country with a different political system, “which in no way prevented them from cooperating on the basis of common interests and should not serve As a cause of opposition and conflict between Beijing and Washington.
Wang expressed hope that the United States would revise its perception of China, reconsider its policy toward Beijing, stop communicating with Chinese authorities from a position of strength, and not hinder China’s development.
The situation around Taiwan became more heated after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island in early August. China condemned Pelosi’s visit, which it viewed as a gesture of support for separatism, and launched large-scale military exercises around the island. Several countries, including France, Lithuania, the United States and Japan, have since sent their delegations to the island, further raising tensions in the Taiwan Strait.
Taiwan has been governed independently from mainland China since 1949. Beijing views the island as its province, while Taiwan maintains a territory with its own elected government that it is an autonomous country but refrains from declaring independence. Beijing opposes any formal contact by foreign states with Taipei and considers Chinese sovereignty over the island indisputable.