Wang Yi: Those Who Play with Fire on the Taiwan-related Issues Will Lift a Rock only to Drop it on Their Own Feet
2019/07/12

On July 12, 2019 local time, while meeting the press in Budapest together with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto of Hungary, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made clear the Chinese side's solemn position on the arms sale of the United States (US) to Taiwan and leader of the Taiwan region Tsai Ing-wen's transit in the US.

Wang Yi said, a few days ago, the US government, regardless of the Chinese side's solemn position and firm opposition, approved arms sale to Taiwan. The Chinese side had lodged stern representations with the US side. We are gravely concerned about Tsai Ing-wen's transit in the US and resolutely oppose any form of official contact between the US and Taiwan.

Wang Yi pointed out, "Taiwan independence" separatist activities go against the historical trend and the aspirations of people from both sides across the straits, which have no future or way out, and are doomed to fail. The Taiwan question is purely China's internal affairs and allows no interference from the outside. No individual or force can stop the historical process of the reunification of Taiwan and mainland China, nor should they underestimate the firm determination of the Chinese government and people to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Wang Yi said, we urge the US side to fully recognize the seriousness of Taiwan-related issues, honor its commitment to the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques with practical actions, earnestly follow the important consensus reached by the two heads of state on promoting China-US relations based on coordination, cooperation and stability, handle Taiwan-related issues correctly, not to send wrong signals to the separatist forces of "Taiwan independence" or make more wrong moves, and not even to play with fire on Taiwan-related issues. If the US side tries to make new difficulties or troubles to the China-US relations, it will surely lift a rock only to drop it on its own feet in the end.

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