Response to opinion piece

In this photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, left, and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen arrive for a meeting in Taipei, Taiwan on Wednesday. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, meeting top officials in Taiwan despite warnings from China, said on Wednesday that she and other congressional leaders in a visiting delegation are showing they will not abandon their commitment to the self-governing island. Picture: Taiwan Presidential Office via AP

A spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in Fiji says “any attempt by the Taiwan authorities to rely on the US to seek “Taiwan independence” is doomed to failure.

The Chinese spokesperson made the statement in response to an opinion piece published in The Fiji Times on August 6, 2022, by Joseph Chow, a representative of the Taipei Trade Office in Fiji in relation to the recent visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.

In the article, Mr Chow said the Chinese long-range live-fire exercises which coincided with Ms Pelosi’s visit was Beijing’s “deliberate intensification of various forms of military posturing targeted at Taiwan” and “China’s provocative actions have already posed a challenge to the international order and disrupted peace and stability across the Taiwan strait and in the region”.

The Chinese labelled the opinion piece “extremely erroneous and provocative”.

Beijing said the opinion piece “distorted the history, violating the one-China principle and the basic norms governing international relations”.

“A handful of die-hard ‘Taiwan independence’ elements that have recklessly carried out separatist activities are historical sinners, and will be punished ruthlessly,” the Chinese spokesperson said.

“To uphold the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China is the firm will of the 1.4 billion Chinese people.

“China will absolutely not tolerate any ‘Taiwan independence’ moves that aim to separate the country under any name or by any means.

“Anyone who would attempt to do so will find themselves on a collision course with a great wall of steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese people.”

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