Joe Biden ‘angered’ China over Taiwan says commentator
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China is furious that a Taiwanese official is planning to visit Brussels as part of a European tour that is portraying the island as being independent. Beijing considers Taiwan to be part of its territory.
Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu has spent the week visiting the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
He is expected to attend an anti-China rally in Rome at the end of the week.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will be in Italy at around the same time.
China hounded the Czech Senate for inviting Wu to visit the country, calling this a “malicious provocative act”.
It further attacked Wu for “promoting secessionism” by touring the Continent.
But, if it goes ahead, a visit to Brussels will be even more controversial.
An EU spokesperson told POLITICO she was “aware of the visit”, adding that “we do engage with Taiwan even in the absence of diplomatic recognition”.
This provoked a strong response from China.
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“[Beijing] firmly opposes official interactions of any form or nature between the Taiwan region and countries having diplomatic ties with China,” said the Chinese Mission to the EU (CMEU) in a statement.
“China’s position on this issue is clear.”
Matters got worse still when it was revealed that a group of MEPs are planning to visit Taiwan next week.
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“[If] MEPs [are sent] to visit Taiwan, that would seriously violate the EU’s commitment to the One-China policy, damage China’s core interest and undermine the healthy development of China-EU relations,” the CMEU said on Twitter.
The involvement of the US in the dispute also grows by the day.
Tsai Ing-wen, the elected president of Taiwan, recently told CNN she has “faith” the US would come to the island’s defence if China decided to take military action.
She also personally confirmed for the first time that there are US military trainers on the island.
“We have a wide range of cooperation with the US aiming at increasing our defence capability,” she said.
Fears are intensifying that China may use force to ‘reunify’ Taiwan with Beijing.
Beijing has refused to communicate with Tsai’s Government.
It was, however, quick to urge US President Joe Biden to “avoid sending any wrong signals” after he told a CNN town hall meeting last week that the US has a “commitment” to come to Taiwan’s defence in times of need.
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