• March 22, 2023

US ‘not qualified to talk about rules and order’ without abiding by its own commitments, says Chinese FM spokesperson on Harris’ comments

By Global Times Published: Sep 28, 2022 06:58 PM

The US is not even qualified to talk about rules and order, as it does not abide by the commitments it has made, said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Wednesday, commenting on the previous statements that US vice president Kamala Harris had made over US’ intentions to further develop relations with the Taiwan island.

Speaking during a speech in Japan on Wednesday, Harris said that Washington would continue to deepen its “unofficial ties” with the Taiwanese authorities, Reuters reported.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said that he noticed that Harris also accused China of “undermining key elements of the international rules-based order” in a recent speech.

“I want to emphasize that the US Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi paid a visit to the Taiwan region, despite China’s repeated dissuasion for months, and called Taiwan island ‘a country,’ which has seriously infringed on China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, damaged China-US relations, and undermined peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits,” Wang said.

Wang stressed that the one-China principle is the universal consensus of the international community and the basic norm of international relations, and it is also the political basis for the establishment and development of diplomatic relations between China and the US.

In the three joint China-US communiqués, the US has clearly recognized that there is only one China in the world, that Taiwan is part of China, and that the government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legitimate government of China, Wang said. The US has also made clear its commitment that it has no intention of infringing on China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, interfering in China’s internal affairs, or implementing a “two Chinas” or “one China, one Taiwan” policy.

“A most basic rule should be keeping to one’s own word,” Wang said. “If the US does not even keep its own promises, what qualifications does it have to talk about rules and order? I am afraid that the US will only become a destroyer of international rules.”

Wang stressed that the US is urged to effectively fulfill its own commitments, return to the three joint communiqués and the one-China principle in its original form, reaffirm the one-China principle in a clear manner, and clearly state its opposition to any Taiwan secessionist activities.

Global Times


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