UNITED NATIONS (AP) – China on Saturday reiterated its commitment to its claim to Taiwan, telling world leaders that anyone standing in the way of its determination to reunify with the self-governing island would be “crushed by the wheels.” of history.”
The language was strong but, for Chinese leadership, well within the realm of normal.
Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, said at the UN. He said Beijing would “take the most forceful steps to counter external interference.”
China strongly defends its claim on Taiwan, which broke away from the mainland after a 1949 civil war and now functions with its own government. A recent visit from the speakers of the US
The language, though pointed, reflected China’s usual strong-willedness about the island; It’s claim rarely goes unmentioned in major international speeches. Taiwan is a major issue of China’s policy, and Wang’s appearance – instead of his boss, Chinese leader Xi Jinping – was a signal that the speech was not necessarily a big one.
“The PRC government is the only government that represents all of China,” Wang said, referring to China’s formal name, the People’s Republic of China. “The one-China principle has become a basic norm in international relations.”
China exercises regular pressure worldwide on any entity – country, corporation, mapmaker – that even implies that Taiwan could be a separate country. His muscle isolated the island’s government, although a few UN Members continue to have diplomatic relations with Taipei rather than Beijing.
On Saturday at the UN Meeting, just a few speakers before Wang, the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, spoke strongly about allowing Taiwan to raise its profile in international organizations, including the World Health Organization.
“How can we stand in silence, in relative silence and complacent inaction, in disregard of Taiwan’s legitimate right to exist in accordance with the wishes and will of the Taiwanese people?” he asked.
Wang’s appearance at the 2022 personal edition of the UN General Assembly comes after two years of distant, pandemic-era speeches from China’s top leaders. Xi did not attend this year’s general assembly, which Russian President Vladimir Putin also skipped. President Joe Biden spoke on Wednesday.
Ted Anthony, director of new stories and newsroom innovation at The Associated Press, was AP’s China news editor from 2002 to 2004 and Asia-Pacific news director from 2014 to 2018. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com /tanthony and for more AP coverage of the UN General Assembly, visit https://apnews.com/hub/united-nations-general-assembly