|Wang Yi: It is Precisely the Taiwan Political Force Which Has Not Given up the Proposition of "Taiwan Independence" That Undermines the "Status Quo" across the Taiwan Strait|
On September 21, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi answered questions from the journalists on Taiwan-related issues when jointly meeting the press with Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas Maldonado of the Dominican Republic.
A journalist asked: Recently, some countries and some public opinion claimed that the establishment of diplomatic relations between countries like the Dominican Republic and China is "unilaterally changing the status quo across the Taiwan Strait" and is not conducive to the stability and development of the region. What is your comment on that?
Wang Yi expressed that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory, which is both a basic fact and an important consensus of the international community. The establishment of diplomatic relations between China and countries like the Dominican Republic has followed both historical and international trend. Standing together with most countries in the world is undoubtedly a correct choice and also in full compliance with the fundamental and long-term interests of the Dominican Republic and its people.
Wang Yi said that as for the so-called "changing the status quo across the Taiwan Strait," what I want to make clear is that the administration now in Taiwan is a political force that has not given up the proposition of "Taiwan independence." It is precisely what the Democratic Progressive Party administration has been doing that is undermining the "status quo" that both sides of the Strait belong to the same country and cross-Strait relations are not country-to-country relations. What they have been doing not only hinders the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, but also erodes regional peace and stability. The Dominican Republic cut ties with the Taiwan authorities and drew a clear line with them, which is maintaining the international consensus of the one-China principle and also plays a positive role in the peace across the Taiwan Strait.
Wang Yi noted that sovereign independent countries such as the Dominican Republic, can completely decide independently their own foreign policy, which, according to the United Nations Charter, other countries have no right to and should not interfere with. The Dominican Republic's establishment of diplomatic relations with China does not target any third party, does not affect respective foreign policy, and will not harm the traditional influence and legitimate rights and interests of other countries in the region.