May 19, 2023
BEIJING – China, which cherishes peace across the Taiwan Strait, will not allow anyone to meddle in its domestic affairs under the guise of maintaining peace, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Thursday.
Those who seek cross-Strait peace without opposing “Taiwan independence” separatist moves will only encourage and embolden the separatists, and bring about more damage to peace and stability across the Strait, Wang said at a regular news conference.
Wang made the remarks after Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in an interview with NHK that he wants to send a message at the upcoming Group of Seven Summit that the Taiwan question should be resolved peacefully through dialogue.
According to reports by Japanese media, G7 member countries are coordinating on including the content of “the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait” in the summit declaration.
The real threat to cross-Strait peace and stability lies in the Democratic Progressive Party authority’s unwillingness to recognize the 1992 Consensus, its persistence in promoting “Taiwan independence” and the attempt to change the status quo that both sides across the Strait belong to one and the same China, Wang said.
The United States and Japan are responsible for tensions across the Strait, as they have been obscuring and hollowing out the one-China principle and collaborating with “Taiwan independence” separatist forces in political, military and economic dimensions, Wang said.
Cross-Strait peace requires unequivocal adherence to the one-China principle and resolute objection to provocations by “Taiwan independence” forces, the spokesman said.
“Those who talk about peaceful resolution of the Taiwan question without mentioning the need to support China’s reunification are actually trying to impede China’s reunification and create ‘peaceful division’,” he said.
China is committed to striving for peaceful reunification with the greatest sincerity and utmost effort, the spokesman said. “But we will not accept any attempt by anyone or any force to use maintaining cross-Strait peace as an excuse to curb our efforts to stop ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist moves,” he said.
Wang urged the US, Japan and other G7 member states to observe the bilateral political documents they have signed with China, follow the one-China principle, stop supporting “Taiwan independence” forces and stop making provocations. “Those who play with fire will get burned,” he warned.