China to sanction ‘pro-independence’ Taiwanese officials

According to the Global Times, in the statement made by the Taiwan Labor Office of the Communist Party Central Committee, Taiwan Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang, Parliament Speaker You Si-kun, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, the government’s representative in the United States Bi-khim Hsiao, House members Koo Li – It was stated that Hsiung, Tsai Chi-chang, Ker Chien-ming, Chen Jiau-hua and Wang Ting-yu and activist Li Fei-fan were put on the sanctions list.

In the statement, the people in question were accused of being “separatists who are the fierce defenders of Taiwan’s independence”, while the institutions, organizations and companies they are affiliated with, and their supporters, individuals and groups in China, where they and their families are banned from entering mainland China and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau. It was stated that it would be prohibited from cooperating with organizations and carrying out profit-making activities in China.

In addition, the Taiwan Democracy Foundation, chaired by Parliament Speaker You, and the International Cooperation and Development Fund, of which Foreign Minister Wu is the general secretary, are also within the scope of sanctions, the following statements were included:

“The quest for Taiwan’s independence is the biggest obstacle to the reunification of China and the greatest danger to the revival of the nation. A small number of fierce separatists defending Taiwan’s independence have for a while, in line with their personal interests, to cooperate with foreign powers in provocative actions. has increased.

The separatist elements in question deliberately incite confrontation between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait and irresponsibly harm the peace and stability of the region. The activities of Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, which became more malicious during her visit to Taiwan, revealed the chronic state of Taiwan’s quest for independence.

The statement stressed that the government in mainland China will not tolerate any activity aimed at dividing the country, “We will not allow any foreign power to hinder the national revival and any separatist activity aimed at Taiwan’s independence.” expression was used.

China-Taiwan conflict

The separation between mainland China and Taiwan has been going on since the civil war in China after the Second World War. Taiwan, which the People’s Republic of China claims is part of its territory, has enjoyed de facto independence since 1949.

After the Communist Party of China (CCP) led by Mao Zidong seized power in 1949 and declared the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in the civil war, members of the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang) led by Chiang Kaishek settled in Taiwan and established the “Republic of China” in 1912. He declared independence, claiming that his power continued on the island.

Although this initiative was not accepted by China, Taiwan representatives represented China in the United Nations (UN) General Assembly until 1971. In the 1950s and 1960s, Taiwan’s position in international organizations is uncertain, with the Beijing government being accepted as the sole legitimate representative of China in the UN General Assembly vote in 1971, after many countries changed their diplomatic relations preference from the Republic of China to the People’s Republic of China. had become.

Beijing, adopting the “one China” principle, argues that Taiwan is part of its territory. In addition to its military presence in and around the Bosphorus, China opposes Taiwan’s establishing independent diplomatic relations with the countries of the world, its representation in the UN and other international organizations, and stipulates that the countries that recognize it should sever their diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

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