Ambassador Zhou Pingjian: “U.S. Bid to Use the Taiwan Question to Contain China are Doomed to Failure”
2022-08-04 21:37

    On August 4th 2022, Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, Dr. Zhou Pingjian's article U.S. Bid to Use the Taiwan Question to Contain China are Doomed to Failure was published on The Daily Nation. The full text goes as follows:

    In disregard of China's solemn representations, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi brazenly went ahead with her visit to China's Taiwan region. This is a serious violation of the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China-U.S. joint communiqués. It has a severe impact on the political foundation of China-U.S. relations, and seriously infringes upon China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. It gravely undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and sends a seriously wrong signal to the separatist forces for "Taiwan independence", which has aroused strong indignation among the Chinese people and widespread opposition from the international community.

    The United States should not dream of obstructing China's reunification. There is but one China in the world, Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory. No matter how the United States supports or connives at the "Taiwan independence" forces, it will be all in vain. This has been clearly recognized by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2758 of 1971, “Decides to restore all its rights to the People's Republic of China and to recognize the representatives of its Government as the only legitimate representatives of China to the United Nations, and to expel forthwith the representatives of Chiang Kai-shek from the place which they unlawfully occupy at the United Nations and in all the organizations related to it”. Since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, 181 countries have established diplomatic relations with China on the basis of the one-China principle. The one-China principle is a universal consensus of the international community and a basic norm in international relations. The complete reunification of China is the trend of the times and an inevitability of history.

    The United States should not fantasize about distorting facts at will. Any U.S. government institution, executive, legislative and judicial alike, must act on the foreign policy recognized and committed to by the U.S. government. In 1979, the United States made a clear commitment in the China-U.S. Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations -- "The United States of America recognizes the Government of the People's Republic of China as the sole legal Government of China. Within this context, the people of the United States will maintain cultural, commercial, and other unofficial relations with the people of Taiwan." Congress, as a part of the U.S. Government, is inherently obliged to strictly observe the one-China policy of the U.S. Government and refrain from having any official exchanges with China's Taiwan region. The House Speaker, being the third-highest ranking figure in the U.S. government, flied on the U.S. military aircraft and made a provocative visit to the Taiwan region, it was by no means an unofficial action. China absolutely does not accept this, and the Chinese people absolutely reject this. The United States must fulfill its international obligations, and key politicians should not misbehave.

    The United States should not fantasize about manipulating geopolitical games. Seeking peace, stability, development and win-win cooperation are the common aspirations of regional countries. The Taiwan authorities have kept seeking U.S. support for their independence agenda. They refuse to recognize the 1992 Consensus, go all out to push forward "de-sinicization", and promote "incremental independence". The introduction of the Taiwan question into the regional strategy by the United States, which inflates tensions and stokes confrontation, is against the trend of regional development. The United States has been attempting to use Taiwan to contain China. It constantly distorts, obscures and hollows out the one-China principle, steps up its official exchanges with Taiwan, and emboldens "Taiwan independence" separatist activities. These moves, like playing with fire, are extremely dangerous.

    The position of the Chinese Government and people on the Taiwan question has been consistent. It is the firm commitment of the more than 1.4 billion Chinese people to resolutely safeguard state sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is the common aspiration and sacred responsibility of all Chinese sons and daughters to realize the complete reunification of the motherland. The will of the people is not to be defied, and those who play with fire will perish by it. In the face of the great cause of national unification, the Chinese people have the gut not to be misled by fallacies or scared by evils, the ambition to never be intimidated or crushed, the determination to unite as one, and the ability to resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and national dignity.