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China warns: Don’t play with fire!

by our Asian affairs correspondent

CHINA SAYS there is only “one China” and any attempt to establish a breakaway state in Taiwan following Nancy Pelosi’s visit will inevitably lead to confrontation with the people’s republic. The Kremlin says the visit of the US House Speaker was a “clear provocation” that has nothing to do with supporting democracy but despite the spike in US-China tensions that it triggered, the American stunt is unlikely to lead to major hostilities.

China has condemned Nancy Pelosi’s provocative visit to the breakaway province of Taiwan as an ‘absolute farce’ and warns of the grave consequences that will follow this serious breach of the ‘One China’ policy that the Americans signed up to when they normalised relations with the people’s republic in 1979.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang told delegates at an international conference in Cambodia that the Americans, under the guise of so-called “democracy” had violated China’s sovereignty while Taiwan’s secessionist forces have betrayed the national interests of China by riding on the coat-tails of the USA.

Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan on Tuesday as part of a congressional delegation tour of the region. There she met with the separatist leaders and publicly embraced their cause.

Ms Pelosi is the third most senior official in the US government and the last trip to the island by an American politician of her standing was 25 years ago.

Ms Pelosi is a Democrat politician with a long anti-China track record. A supporter of the Dalai Lama and the Uighur Muslim separatists she recently called for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Message

Though Joe Biden distanced himself from the visit the House Speaker made it clear that she was speaking on behalf of the US ruling class when she assured the island’s puppet leader that her trip would “make it unequivocally clear that we [the US] will not abandon our commitment to Taiwan...American solidarity with Taiwan is crucial; that is the message we are bringing here today”.

Taiwan became a virtual American protectorate follow­ing the rout of the reactionary forces of General Chiang Kai-Chek on the mainland and the establishment of the people’s government in 1949. Under the wings of the American eagle General Chiang set up a puppet regime on the island that continued to pose as the legitimate government of Chi­na at the United Nations until it was kicked out in 1971.

China has repeatedly called for re-unification under the principle of “one country – two systems” that applies in Hong Kong and Macau. But this has been spurned by the island’s ruling cliques. Recognised by just 13 out of the 193 members states of the United Nations Taiwan still claims to be the “Republic of China”. But in recent years the imperialists have encouraged separatist cliques to raise the banner of an “independent” Taiwan.

Back in London the Chinese ambassador warned British politicians not to dance to the Americans’ tune following reports that the House of Commons foreign affairs committee is planning a visit to Taiwan later this year – probably in November or early December.

This, ambassador Zheng Zeguang said, would “inevitably lead to severe consequences for China-UK relations. The UK side knows this all too well.

“We call on the UK side to abide by its own commitments and not to underestimate the extreme sensitivity of the Taiwan issue or follow the US foot-steps and play with fire. Remember: Those who play with fire get burnt!”