This undated photo shows a night view of Taipei, including the Taipei 101 building. (PHOTO / VCG)
UNITED NATIONS – China's Permanent Mission to the United Nations issued a statement on Tuesday to reject groundless accusations by a small number of countries over China's legitimate measures concerning Taiwan.
Permanent representatives to the United Nations of a few countries including Belize, Eswatini, Guatemala, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines released a joint statement on Tuesday on the Taiwan question and the current situation in the Taiwan Straits, making groundless accusations against China's legitimate measures in safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity. This is serious interference in China's internal affairs, and China firmly opposes and strongly condemns this joint statement, said the Chinese mission.
The measures China has taken, including military drills in waters and airspace off China's Taiwan, are a necessary response to the visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other provocations by external forces, said China's Permanent Mission to the United Nations
There is but one China in the world, Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory, and the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China. This has been clearly reaffirmed by UN General Assembly Resolution 2758 of 1971, it said.
The one-China principle represents the universal consensus of the international community. It is consistent with the basic norms of international relations. By maintaining so-called "diplomatic relations" with Taiwan, the countries that signed up to this joint statement have been seriously violating China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and interfering in China's internal affairs. Already standing against the vast majority of countries around the world, now they have taken another wrong step by issuing such a fact-distorting statement, it said.
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The measures China has taken, including military drills in waters and airspace off China's Taiwan, are a necessary response to the visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other provocations by external forces. All these measures taken by China are justified, necessary and proportionate, and are in line with domestic and international law as well as established international practices, said the Chinese mission.
These countries that signed up to the joint statement turned a blind eye to the fact that external forces have recently undermined China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Instead, they unreasonably accused China of its legitimate measures. This only shows that these countries have lost the basic sense of right and wrong, as well as their impartiality and independence, it said.
Taiwan has never been a country, there is only one China in the world, and both sides of the Taiwan Straits belong to one and the same China. This has been the status quo since ancient times. It must be pointed out that external forces like the United States have been abetting and instigating "Taiwan Independence" forces to redouble their separatist efforts and repeatedly alter the status quo across the Taiwan Straits. This is the fundamental reason behind the tensions in the Taiwan Straits and the grave challenges of today, it said.
These countries also mentioned the so-called "median line." They should be aware that Taiwan is part of China's territory, and there is no such "median line" in the Taiwan Straits, to begin with, according to the Chinse mission
These countries also mentioned the so-called "median line." They should be aware that Taiwan is part of China's territory, and there is no such "median line" in the Taiwan Straits, to begin with, it added.
There is only one set of rules governing international relations: the basic norms underpinned by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. The charter has laid out important principles such as respect for state sovereignty and territorial integrity and non-interference in internal affairs. By taking necessary measures to safeguard its state sovereignty and territorial integrity, China is not only exercising its sacred rights under international law, but also defending the basic norms governing international relations, said the mission.
If these important principles, such as sovereign equality and non-interference in internal affairs, are allowed to be abandoned, the majority of developing countries and small and medium-sized countries will certainly be the ones that suffer the most. Countries like Belize have long suffered from colonialism and foreign intervention in history. They should know full well how important it is to uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and respect state sovereignty and territorial integrity. Yet now they are trying to confound black with white with no regard for facts. They are obviously standing on the wrong side against fairness and justice, it said.
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China urges countries that signed up to this joint statement to earnestly follow the one-China principle and the provisions of General Assembly Resolution 2758, and safeguard the authority of the UN Charter with concrete actions, instead of going further down the wrong path, said the Chinese mission.
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 shared aspiration and sacred responsibility of all Chinese to realize the complete reunification of the motherland. No country, no force, no individual should ever misestimate the firm resolve, strong will and great capability of the Chinese government and people to defend state sovereignty and territorial integrity. China is fully confident and determined to achieve the complete reunification of the country and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, it said.