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China condemns EU report on ties with Taiwan

This photo taken on July 21, 2019, from Xiangshan Mountain shows the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taipei, southeast China’s Taiwan. (ZHU XIANG / XINHUA)

BEIJING – China strongly condemned and firmly rejected the so-called report on the political relations and cooperation between the European Union and Taiwan adopted by the European Parliament, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Thursday.

Spokesperson Wang Wenbin urged the European Parliament to immediately stop its deeds that undermined China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Wang made the remarks at a daily news briefing when answering a query about the adoption of a so-called report on the political relations and cooperation between the EU and Taiwan by the European Parliament.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory

Wang said there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory. The one-China principle is an international consensus and the political foundation of China’s diplomatic relations with the EU.

The report adopted by the European Parliament is a serious violation of the basic norms of international relations, the one-China principle and the commitments made by the EU on the Taiwan issue, Wang said.

“The European Parliament should immediately stop its words and deeds that undermined China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and stop provocation and confrontation. We urge relevant parties not to underestimate the strong resolution, determination and capability of the Chinese people to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, said on Thursday that it firmly opposed the so-called report adopted by the European parliament.

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the NPC said in a statement that the report had seriously violated the one-China principle, which is an international consensus and the political foundation for China’s diplomatic relations with the EU.

There is only one China in the world and Taiwan is a part of China. China always opposes any form of official interactions between the Taiwan authority and countries that have established diplomatic ties with China, according to the statement.

As one of the most important EU institutions, the European Parliament should have honored its commitment to the China-EU relations. The adoption of the report is an erroneous and dangerous move concerning Taiwan-related issues, and will seriously damage the mutual political trust and the foundation for mutual exchanges between China and the EU, it added.

The committee also said that no one should underestimate the strong resolution, determination and capability of the Chinese government and people to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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“We strongly urge the European Parliament to understand the high sensitivity of the Taiwan issue, abide by the one-China principle, immediately correct its erroneous words and deeds, and play an active and constructive role in promoting the healthy development of China-EU relations,” it said.

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