In disregard of China’s strong opposition and serious representations, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi visited China’s Taiwan region. This is a serious violation of the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China-US joint communiqués. It has a severe impact on the political foundation of China-US relations and seriously jeopardizes the relations between the two countries and the two militaries.
Pelosi’s visit sends a seriously wrong signal to the separatist forces for “Taiwan independence”, and escalates tensions across the Taiwan Strait. It is an extremely wrong and dangerous move. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is on high alert and will carry out a series of targeted military operations in response. Chinese military will firmly defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and resolutely defeat external forces’ interference and the separatist attempts for “Taiwan independence”.
The historical ins and outs of the Taiwan question are crystal clear, and so are the fact and status quo that both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one and the same China. There is only one China in the world, Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory, and the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is the sole legal government representing the whole of China. The one-China principle is a universal consensus of the international community and a basic norm in international relations clearly recognized by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2758.
The historical and legal fact that Taiwan is part of China and both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one and the same China is not to be changed by anyone or any force. Compatriots living across the Strait are all Chinese people, whose instinct to help and support each other, inherent bond and national identification cannot be changed by anyone or any force.
The Taiwan question is the most important and sensitive issue at the very heart of China-US relations. The three China-US joint communiqués are political commitments made by both sides, and the one-China principle is the political foundation of China-US relations. In words, the US side made solemn commitments to China on the Taiwan question, but in action, it has constantly upgraded the substantial relations and official exchanges with the Taiwan region, connived at and supported “Taiwan independence” separatist forces, and contained China with Taiwan, gravely undermining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
Pelosi’s willful visit to Taiwan in defiance of China’s strong and repeated opposition is a downright breach of America’s solemn political commitment of “five assurances” to China i.e., the US does not seek a new Cold War with China; it does not aim to change China’s system; the revitalization of its alliances is not targeted at China; the US does not support “Taiwan independence”; and it has no intention to seek a conflict with China.
China’s legitimate defensive actions come after the collusion and provocation by the US and the Taiwan region. Any countermeasure taken by China is rightful, reasonable, and necessary. It is the due right of any independent, sovereign state. China will not allow any individual, organization, or political party to sever any part of Chinese territory from the country at any time, in any form. No one should damage our sovereignty, security and development interests and expect us to swallow the bitter fruit.
China must be and will be reunified. That is the unstoppable historical trend. It is the firm commitment of the more than 1.4 billion Chinese people to resolutely safeguard state sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is the common aspiration and sacred responsibility of all Chinese sons and daughters to realize the complete reunification of the motherland. The will of the people is not to be defied, and the trend of the times cannot be reversed. Whatever moves the American anti-China forces and the Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party authorities take, they will not change the fact that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China. No matter how Pelosi and her likes “bolster Taiwan to contain China”, they cannot stop the historical process of China’s reunification. Any wrong move against the historical trend to play the Taiwan card and endanger China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is doomed to fail. Anyone who dares to make such an attempt will fret in his own grease.
The one-China principle is unshakable. China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are inviolable. Resolutely safeguarding state sovereignty and territorial integrity is the PLA’s sacred mission. The PLA is always on our toes and ready to fight any minute. It has the firm will, full confidence, and sufficient capacity to frustrate external forces’ interference and the separatist plot for “Taiwan independence” in any form, and to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The PLA will carry out a series of joint military actions around the Taiwan island as a solemn deterrence to Washington’s recent substantial upgrade of its passive moves on the Taiwan question, and a stern warning to the separatist actions by “Taiwan independence” forces. All PLA officers and soldiers are combat-ready, will act on order, and will live up to their mission. Fully prepared to cope with various complicated and difficult situations at all times, they are ready to go, able to fight, and capable of winning the final victory.