Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, speaks at a press conference in Beijing, China, Feb 23, 2022. (CHEN YEHUA / XINHUA)
BEIJING – The meeting between US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and so-called human rights activists is just another farce, according to a Chinese mainland spokesperson.
Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, made the remarks on Wednesday while responding to a media inquiry on Pelosi's visit to a human rights-themed venue in China's Taiwan region and her meeting with so-called "human rights and democracy activists”.
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Ma said the current tensions across the Taiwan Straits originate from the collusion between "Taiwan independence" secessionists and external forces
The arrangements are just another farce staged by Pelosi based on her consistent anti-China, anti-Communist stance and ideological bias, with the cooperation of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities, said Ma.
The activists she met and bolstered on Wednesday are long-known tools and puppets of US anti-China forces, he added.
Highlighting the guise of so-called "human rights" and "democracy" on the Taiwan question, Pelosi is simply seeking her own personal gain, he said, adding that the US mid-term elections are approaching and there have been scandals around the Pelosi family.
The spokesperson also warned the DPP authorities that the agenda of roping in anti-China forces, inciting cross-strait confrontation and engaging in secessionist acts under the guise of democracy and human rights will never succeed.
‘Tsai confounding right and wrong’
Blasting Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen's words for confusing right and wrong, Ma said Tsai whitewashed the "Taiwan independence" secessionist agenda as so-called "upholding democracy" while defaming the mainland's justified actions of safeguarding national security and territorial integrity as "military threats."
The spokesperson made the statement in response to a media query about Tsai’s remarks during her meeting with Pelosi on Wednesday.
The current tensions across the Taiwan Straits originate from the collusion between "Taiwan independence" secessionists and external forces, said Ma.
The DPP authorities actively solicit foreign support and deeply engage in provocative actions, and the US has constantly been fueling the tensions in an attempt to use Taiwan to contain China, he added.
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There is no denying that the DPP authorities and the US are the ones who seek to instigate cross-strait confrontations, disrupt peace and stability across the straits, and damage the interests of the Taiwan people, said Ma.
He warned Tsai and the DPP authorities that relying on Washington to seek "Taiwan independence" will inevitably fail, and that "seeking independence by force" will only hasten their demise.