US won’t contain China by exploiting Taiwan issue: Official
The chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China, Li Zhanshu, highlights the recent tension in the US-Sino relationship over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.
The chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China Li Zhanshu stressed that Washington will not be able to "contain" China by using tensions in the Taiwan Strait as a bargaining chip with Beijing.
Li made his remarks in Moscow on Friday at a meeting with the chairwoman of the Russian parliament’s upper chamber, the Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko.
“Indeed, the Taiwan question concerns China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Now Taiwan is seeking independence with the help of the US. The US seeks to contain China through Taiwan. This won’t work,” the official said.
Li also highlighted the recent squabble in the US-China relationship over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, which Beijing regards as an integral part of the country.
The US administration "treacherously indulged" Pelosi with her "provocative trip," according to the official.
“This group has been meddling into China’s internal affairs and threatened our sovereignty,” Li said.
He expressed Beijing's gratitude to Matvienko, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and other "Russian friends" for Moscow's "unwavering support" for the "One China" policy.
Beijing has reiterated on numerous occasions that the one-China principle was a political foundation of US-Sino relations, explaining that the US violated its own obligations and has been jeopardizing bilateral cooperation, as well as peace and stability in the region.
Following the UN recognition of the PRC and the normalization of relations between the US and the PRC, the 'One China Policy' was adopted by the Carter administration. But still, the US maintained relations with Taiwan and committed to selling the island only defensive weapons after the adoption of the Taiwan Relations Act.
The situation around Taiwan escalated following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taipei. China considers Taiwan part of its territory and opposes any direct official foreign contacts with the island.
Pelosi's visit led China to announce ending cooperation with the United States on a number of issues such as climate change, anti-drug efforts, and military talks.