China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated on Monday (January 13) that “secession of the country is doomed to be stinking for years”. This is China’s strongest response to the wording of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s successful re-election campaign.
In the presidential election held in Taiwan last Saturday, President Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party won by an overwhelming majority and will be in power for another four years. Rejecting the “One Country, Two Systems Taiwan Program” proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping early last year helped Tsai Ing-wen gain support from young people in particular.
Tsai Ing-wen said in his victory speech that Taiwan will not succumb to China’s threats and intimidation. Only the people of Taiwan have the right to determine their own future.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is visiting Africa, said that the one-China principle that advocates Taiwan as an inalienable part of Chinese territory is a universal consensus that has long been formed by the international community. He said: “This consensus will not be changed in the slightest by a local election on the island of Taiwan, nor will it be shaken by the wrong words and deeds of individual Western politicians.”
Reuters said that what Wang Yi was referring to here was obviously US Secretary of State Pompeo.
In congratulating President Tsai Ing-wen for his re-election, US Secretary of State Pompeo praised Tsai Ing-wen for his “persistence in maintaining stability across the Taiwan Strait in the face of relentless pressure”.
Wang Yi’s comment published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China stated: “The rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and the reunification of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are historical inevitables” and “If you go against the trend, you are bound to end your way; splitting the country is doomed to stinks for thousands of years”.
Before serving as China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi served as the director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council in charge of cross-strait affairs from June 2008 to March 2013.
China passed the “Anti-Secession Law” in 2005, authorizing the government to take “non-peaceful means and other necessary measures” when three situations occur: the fact that Taiwan separated from China; the occurrence of major events that would cause Taiwan to separate from China ; The possibility of peaceful reunification is completely lost. However, Taiwan believes that Taiwan is already an independent country, and its official name is “Republic of China.”