© AP Photo/Ng Han GuanImage of the Taiwanese flag in New Taipei City, Taiwan
BEIJING, 17 Feb – To maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, “Taiwan independence” must be resolutely rejected, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday at the Munich Security Conference.
Wang Yi stressed that Taiwan “is an inalienable part of China’s territory, and Taiwan’s affairs are China’s internal affairs,” declaring the need to uphold the “one China” principle.
“To maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan’s independence must be resolutely rejected,” said Wang Yi, whose speech was broadcast on the conference’s official website.
According to the diplomat, “Taiwan’s independence is incompatible with peace in the Taiwan Strait,” while adhering to the “one China” principle, it is necessary to support the “peaceful reunification of China.”
The situation around Taiwan deteriorated significantly after the visit of then-Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to the island in early August 2022. China, which considers the island one of its provinces, condemned Pelosi’s visit, seeing in this step US support for Taiwanese separatism, and held large-scale military exercises.
In Taiwan, on January 13, elections were held for the head of the administration and deputies of the Legislative Yuan (parliament). The victory in the race for the post of head of the island’s administration was won by the current deputy head of the administration, chairman of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party of Taiwan, Lai Qingde, with 40.05% of the votes. Lai Qingde’s inauguration is scheduled for May 20, 2024.
Official relations between the central government of China and its island province were interrupted in 1949 after the Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek, defeated in the civil war with the Chinese Communist Party, moved to Taiwan. Business and informal contacts between the island and mainland China resumed in the late 1980s. Since the early 1990s, the parties began to contact through non-governmental organizations – the Beijing Association for the Development of Relations across the Taiwan Strait and the Taipei Cross-Strait Exchange Foundation.
The Munich Security Conference takes place from 16 to 18 February. It is expected that about 50 heads of state and government, as well as about 100 ministers, will take part in it.