Taiwan’s independence motion is doomed to “stink for eternity”, China’s leading diplomat has actually alerted after the island’s President Tsai Ing-wen won a landslide re-election victory in a stinging rebuke to Beijing.
Tsai, who has drawn the ire of Beijing for refusing to acknowledge that Taiwan is part of “one China”, protected a record-breaking win in Saturday’s vote.
But Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi dismissed her victory and warned advocates of Taiwan independence during a week-long tour through Africa.
” Splitting the nation is destined leave a name that will stink for eternity,” Wang said in a statement on Monday.
The “one-China concept” is a “universal consensus” held by the worldwide neighborhood, he said, and one that will “not be affected in the tiniest by a regional election in Taiwan.”
Beijing, which has actually sworn to one day take Taiwan by force if essential, dislikes Tsai, who has pitched herself as a defender of liberal democratic worths against an increasingly authoritarian China.
Over the past four years, the Chinese government has increase economic, military and diplomatic pressure on the island.
However the strong-arm methods pushed voters to back Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party, fuelled in part by China’s hardline action to months of big and violent pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong.
After Tsai’s success, China doubled down on its “one-China concept”, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang emphasising that: “There is only one China in the world and Taiwan is part of China.”
Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi, left, with Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare is currently going to several African nations to emphasize Beijing’s political interest and financial clout in Africa [Jekesai Njikizana/AFP]
He also criticised those nations that praised Tsai for her win, including the United States, Britain, and Japan.
” We oppose any form of main exchange between Taiwan and countries that have actually developed diplomatic relations with China,” Geng said in a statement.
Wang released the warning throughout a trip that took him to Zimbabwe, Egypt, Djibouti, Eritrea and Burundi, highlighting China’s growing political interest and financial clout in Africa.
African leaders on his trip “all plainly revealed adherence to the one-China concept,” said Wang in a declaration.
They all see Taiwan as an “inseparable part of China’s territory,” he added.