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Taiwan is part of China

by New Worker correspondent

SPECULATION GROWS about Chinese-American crisis talks amidst growing tension over Taiwan, the breakaway Chinese province that once posed as the government of China but now threatens to proclaim itself an independent country – a move that could force Chinese military intervention.

People’s China has warned the Americans to stop all provocative actions that have heightened tension across the Taiwan Straits. Large US arms exports and high-profile visits by US politicians to Taiwan that began under Trump and continue under Biden are a breach of the spirit of the “one China” policy that ended confrontation 50 years ago during Nixon’s days.

A video summit between Xi Jinping and Joe Biden could take place as early as next week although neither side has confirmed the reports that appeared in the Western media this week. US President Joe Biden has only spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping twice since his inauguration in January. It was agreed to hold a third exchange of views before the end of the year to discuss the closing of their respective consulates in Chengdu and Houston. But an anonymous Biden administration source has told the media that this will not be on the agenda, and White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Monday that the talks were “not about seeking specific deliverables” but were “part of our ongoing efforts to responsibly manage the competition between our countries”.

At the moment, however, the Biden team seems determined to continue where Trump left off, in trying to make the Pacific an American lake by beefing up its military presence on the western coast of Asia in an attempt to curb China’s economic presence across the continent and the rest of the world.

The touting of the so-called “two states” theory by Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party authority and elements advocating “Taiwan independence” that include prominent members of America’s ruling elite are the root causes of the tensions across the strait.

But US efforts to support their puppet regime’s bid for independent recognition is fraught with danger. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) sent a joint combat patrol near the Taiwan Straits as a show of force for the US politicians on the island last week.

Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. The US actions grossly interfere in China’s internal affairs, seriously undermine China’s territorial sovereignty, and pose a grave threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits, the spokesperson for the Chinese Defence Ministry said last week.

Tan Kefei said: “We urge the US to immediately stop its provocative moves and all destructive actions that escalate tensions across the Taiwan Straits, and not send a wrong signal to ‘Taiwan independence’ forces. We warn the DPP (Democratic Progressive Party) authorities not to misjudge the situation or act in a desperate way; otherwise, it will only lead Taiwan into a grave disaster.

“China must and will be reunited. No one should underestimate the Chinese people’s strong resolve, firm will and strong ability to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The PLA will always remain on high alert and take all necessary measures to resolutely smash any external interference and separatist attempts of ‘Taiwan independence’.”