Taiwan rejects China’s ‘one country, two systems’ plan for island
On the eve of China published a “White Paper”, which outlined the main theses of its policy in the field of national security. Taiwan categorically disagreed with the PRC model of “one country, two systems” proposed back in the 1980s
Taiwan rejects the “one country, two systems” model proposed by Beijing in a white paper published earlier this week. Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokesman Joanne Ou told Reuters.
“Taiwan firmly rejects the idea of ”one country, two systems.” Only the people of Taiwan can decide their own future,— he said.
Taiwan (Republic of China) declared in 1949 its independence from China after the defeat of the Kuomintang in the civil war against the troops of Mao Zedong. In Beijing, the island is considered a province of the PRC.
“White Book”— a document published by China every two years that outlines its national defense strategy. The thesis “one country, two systems” regarding Taiwan was proposed in the early 1980s by the former head of the PRC, Deng Xiaoping.
In the “White Paper” published on August 10, The PRC authorities also allowed the use of force in Taiwan in the absence of progress in the peace efforts aimed at reunification. In particular, such a decision may be taken in connection with the possible interference of external forces and those who support the independence of the island state.
“No one should underestimate the firm determination, unwavering will and great capabilities of the Chinese people in protecting the state sovereignty and territorial integrity», — underlined in the document.
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The aggravation of the situation around Taiwan occurred due to the visit to the island of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi in early August. She called the trip to Taiwan a sign of US support “bright and dynamic”; democracy. The Chinese authorities criticized her visit, accusing the United States of violating the “one China” principle and launching large-scale military exercises with shooting near the island.
US considers Chinese military exercises 'irresponsible provocation' and called for an immediate halt to the maneuvers. According to Politico, the US military command tried to contact colleagues from the Chinese army, but Beijing did not respond to requests. At the same time, Washington emphasized that Pelosi's trip was in line with the One China policy.
The Russian Foreign Ministry considered Pelosi's visit to Taiwan a provocation and an attempt to distract from domestic problems and the situation in Ukraine. “What is the need for this wild action now? This is required by the political situation,»,— claimed Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
After that, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that Russia's position on Taiwan speaks of “a high level of Sino-Russian strategic partnership.” “Beijing is ready to strengthen strategic interaction with Russia”, — he emphasized.
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