07 August, 2021

Dare to move Taiwan? The United States angered China wildly

According to the Global Times, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on the 4th that the US State Department has approved the sale of 40 M109A6 self-propelled artillery, 20 M992A2 series field artillery ammunition supply vehicles, and an advanced field artillery tactical data system ( AFATDS), etc., totaling approximately US$750 million. This is the first time that the Biden administration has announced arms sales to Taiwan since it took office.

The spokesperson of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, Ma Xiaoguang, pointed out in response to an inquiry on the 5th that we are firmly opposed to the US arms sales to China's Taiwan region. We urge the U.S. to strictly abide by the one-China principle and the three Sino-U.S. Joint Communiqués, especially the provisions of the "August 17" Communiqué, stop all arms sales to Taiwan, refrain from sending false signals to separatist forces for "Taiwan independence", and refrain from jeopardizing peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. Do not harm the well-being of compatriots on both sides of the strait. The DPP authorities' attempts to "rely on the United States for independence" and "use force to resist reunification" will only push the people of Taiwan into disaster.

The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory. The United States sells weapons to Taiwan, interferes in China’s internal affairs, undermines China’s sovereignty and security interests, violates international law and the basic norms of international relations, and even violates the one-China principle and the three Sino-US joint communiqués, especially the provisions of the "August 17th" communiqué. The "Taiwan independence" separatist forces sent the wrong signal, seriously damaging Sino-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. China firmly opposes this and has lodged solemn representations with the United States. China urges the US to keep its promises, strictly abide by the one-China principle and the provisions of the three Sino-US joint communiqués, stop arms sales to Taiwan and US-Taiwan military ties, and immediately cancel the arms sales plan to Taiwan, so as not to further damage Sino-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. China will resolutely take proper and necessary countermeasures in accordance with the development of the situation.

Defense Department spokesperson Wu Qian said that the U.S.'s actions disregarded international law and the basic norms of international relations, seriously violated the one-China principle and the provisions of the three Sino-U.S. joint communiqués, grossly interfered in China's internal affairs, undermined China's sovereignty and security interests, and promoted "Taiwan independence." The separatist forces sent the wrong signal, jeopardizing the security and stability of the Taiwan Strait. China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to this.

The Taiwan issue concerns China's core interests. China strongly urges the US to keep its promises, strictly abide by the three Sino-US Joint Communiqués, especially the "August 17th" Communiqué, prudently and properly handle Taiwan-related issues, and stop arms sales to Taiwan and military ties between the United States and Taiwan, so as not to further harm China and the United States. Military relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army has the determination, will, and ability to resolutely defeat any form of external interference and separatist attempts to "Taiwan independence", and will take all necessary measures to firmly defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"Sanctions will not change China"

On June 22, the British "Financial Times" website published an article entitled "Western Countries' Healing Starts at Home", the author is Martin Wolf, the newspaper's chief economic commentator. The full text is excerpted as follows:

Data map photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Yang Guanyu

The League of Western Countries is back in the arena. Moreover, its main goal is to confront China. The desire to restore the transatlantic alliance in the post-Trump era makes sense. However, this new focus has risks.

It is reasonable for high-income Western countries to coordinate their policies in areas with common interests and common values. This is especially the case when it is in decline and power is moving away from the United States and its allies, especially when it is turning to China.

The rise of China is the most important strategic reality. But on the whole, high-income Western countries are still the most important economic power in the world. The G7 members will create 31% of the world's output value in 2021, while the world's 37 high-income Western countries will create 42% of the world's output value.

The same is true for trade. The G7 still accounts for 31% of world merchandise exports and 36% of imports, while China’s proportions of these two are 15% and 12%, respectively.

In terms of per capita output value, high-income Western countries have the most effective economies in the world, while China’s per capita output value lags far behind. Western countries have most of the world's leading companies, the largest international financial markets, first-class universities, and the most influential media. The United States also has the most powerful military in the world.

In short, high-income Western countries have their own values ​​and interests, and the ability to defend these values ​​and interests, especially when they act together. This is the reason for cooperation.

But the planned new anti-China alliance has more long-term dangers. The desire of high-income Western countries to protect their core values ​​is understandable. However, the threat to these values ​​does not come from China, but from a place closer to itself. The most terrible thing is the failure to ensure universally shared prosperity and defend "democratic norms." Sadly, it is our own elite class, not China, who caused this destruction. At the same time, we must recognize the overwhelming need for global cooperation in maintaining peace and protecting mankind from global threats such as pandemics and environmental disasters.

Almost as important is that nothing is more likely to push the Chinese farther than continued hostility from Western countries.

Yes, Western countries must defend their core economic and strategic interests. But they should also continue to be as open to trade and thinking as possible. Sanctions will not change China.

It is a good thing for the West to retry cooperation. But they must try to avoid a catastrophic conflict with China. In the long run, if high-income Western countries want to save themselves, they must first look inside. China is not the greatest threat to our interests and values: we are already a major enemy, and this enemy is ourselves.

Published under Blog on 07 August, 2021.

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