BEIJING (AP) — China’s overseas minister warned the Biden administration on Sunday to roll again former President Donald Trump’s “dangerous practice” of exhibiting help for Taiwan, the island democracy claimed by Beijing as its personal territory.
The declare to Taiwan, which break up with the mainland in 1949, is an “insurmountable red line,” Wang Yi mentioned at a information convention throughout the annual assembly of China’s ceremonial legislature.
The United States has no official relations with Taiwan however in depth casual ties. Trump irked Beijing by sending Cabinet officers to go to Taiwan in a present of help.
“The Chinese government has no room for compromise,” Wang mentioned.
“We urge the new U.S. administration to fully understand the high sensitivity of the Taiwan issue” and “completely change the previous administration’s dangerous practices of ‘crossing the line’ and ‘playing with fire,’” he mentioned.
President Joe Biden says he desires a extra civil relationship with Beijing however has proven no signal of softening Trump’s confrontational measures on commerce, know-how and human rights. Surveys present American public attitudes turning extra unfavourable towards China, which is seen as an financial and strategic competitor.
Wang gave no indication how Beijing may react if Biden doesn’t change course, however the ruling Communist Party has threatened to invade if Taiwan declares formal independence or delays talks on uniting with the mainland.
The State Department later reiterated that the Biden administration’s help for Taiwan was rock-solid and that the U.S. stood with its regional buddies and allies, together with “deepening our unofficial ties with democratic Taiwan.”
“We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan’s democratically elected representatives,” mentioned the assertion issued late Sunday in Washington.
Wang’s feedback in a wide-ranging, two-hour information convention mirrored Beijing’s growing assertiveness overseas and rejection of criticism over Hong Kong, the northwestern area of Xinjiang and different delicate subjects.
Wang defended proposed modifications in Hong Kong that can tighten Beijing’s management by lowering the function of its public in authorities. He dismissed complaints that erodes the autonomy promised to the previous British colony when it returned to China in 1997.
The modifications introduced Friday observe the arrest of 47 pro-democracy figures in Hong Kong beneath a nationwide safety legislation imposed final 12 months following months of anti-government protests.
Beijing wants to defend Hong Kong’s “transition from chaos to governance,” Wang mentioned.
The proposal would give a pro-Beijing committee an even bigger function in choosing Hong Kong legislators. That could be a marked discount of democracy and Western-style civil liberties in Hong Kong. Mainland officers say they need to make sure that the territory is managed by folks deemed patriots.
“No one cares more about the development of democracy in Hong Kong than the central government,” Wang mentioned. He mentioned the modifications will defend the “rights of Hong Kong residents and the legitimate interests of foreign investors.”
Also Sunday, Wang rejected complaints Beijing’s remedy of predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in Xinjiang quantities to genocide.
Human rights researchers say greater than 1 million folks, a lot of them members of the Uyghur minority, have been despatched to detention camps. Chinese officers say they’re making an attempt to stop extremism.
“The so-called existence of genocide in Xinjiang is absurd. It is a complete lie fabricated with ulterior motives,” Wang mentioned. He blamed “anti-China forces” that he mentioned need to “undermine the security and stability of Xinjiang and hinder China’s development and growth.”