China criticizes Taiwan over foreign minister’s comments in CBC interview
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman accused Taiwan of “clumsy political manipulation” and “publicity” after Taiwan’s foreign minister gave an interview to CBC News which called on other democracies to publicly support Taiwan facing an increasingly hostile Beijing.
“Under the guise of so-called democracy and freedom, the Taiwanese authorities have repeatedly taken advantage of Hong Kong affairs to slander and maliciously denigrate the mainland,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Wednesday during a statement. press conference.
“Its real goal is to disrupt Hong Kong and seek ‘Taiwan independence’. Her clumsy political manipulation to grow taller will not succeed, and will only invite humiliation upon herself. “
In an exclusive Canadian interview aired Monday, Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told CBC News Network Power and politics that Taiwan sees the dismantling of freedoms in Hong Kong as a sign of Chinese expansionism.
“Taiwan knows full well it’s on the front line”: Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu says he’s watching what China has done in Hong Kong and fears Taiwan is next. “We cannot allow a democratic Taiwan to be taken over by China.” pic.twitter.com/qeI937obZY
“If you look at Chinese stocks, it doesn’t stop in Hong Kong. Look at Chinese military activities in the East China Sea and the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea. What we are seeing is a trying authoritarian regime. to expand its influence beyond the First Island Chain, “Wu told host David Common.” In Chinese expansion, Taiwan is at the forefront.
Taiwan has sounded the alarm on China’s military actions this year. China flew fighter jets into the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone and deployed an aircraft carrier group near the island for exercises in April – exercises that China says will be on a regular basis. conducted in the future.
“Under such circumstances, we hope that other democracies can express their support for Taiwan more, especially considering Taiwan’s position as a frontline state and showing its support for Taiwan being a democracy.” Wu said.
Faced with an increasingly aggressive China, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu hopes Western countries can express more support for Taiwan: “Pay more attention to the situation Taiwan finds itself in as as a front-line state guarding against Chinese expansionism. ” pic.twitter.com/18L0C5ZrGb
China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province that will one day be incorporated into mainland China as part of the “one country, two systems” – a proposal that island democracy rejects.
“Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory and there is no so-called” foreign minister “from Taiwan,” Zhao said Wednesday.