torsdag 25. november 2021

US inviting Taiwan to 'Summit for Democracy' sparks angry China response

China on Wednesday accused the United States of making a "mistake" after President Joe Bideninvited Taiwan to its "Summit for Democracy" which is set to take place next month. More than 100 countries have been invited to the virtual summit, though China is not among them. And Beijing said it "firmly opposed" the island being on the guest list as it regards Taiwan as "an inalienable part of Chinese territory." China claims self-ruled Taiwan as part of its own territory and has not ruled out the possible use of force to achieve unification.

Zhu Fenglian, spokeswoman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said Beijing opposed "any official interaction between the US and China's Taiwan region." "This stance is clear and consistent. We urge the US to stick to the 'one China' principle," she said.

Beijing insists, if countries wish to have formal ties with China, that countries subscribe to the "one China" principle and therefore do not have full formal ties with Taiwan. The US, like most of the world, does adhere to this, albeit while simultaneously maintaining close relations with Taipei and not recognizing China's claim to the territory.