Taiwan Criticises Timor-Leste for Upholding ‘One China’ Policy
China’s ‘One China’ Principle Undermining Taiwan’s Sovereignty
In a recent press statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Taiwan criticized China for its attempts to undermine Taiwan’s sovereignty. The criticism was directed at China’s persistent enforcement of its “One China” principle on other nations, a principle that fundamentally rejects Taiwan’s status as an individual, independent nation.
The MOFA emphasized Taiwan’s status as a separate entity from China, stating that only a government elected democratically by the Taiwanese people can represent the country. This statement comes in the wake of a meeting between Timor-Leste Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, in which they issued a joint statement to enhance bilateral relations through the Belt and Road Initiative.
Timor-Leste’s Stance and Taiwan’s Response
Prime Minister Gusmao of Timor-Leste, in his statement, declared his nation’s opposition to any form of “Taiwan independence.” He pledged not to establish any official relationship or conduct any official contacts with Taiwan, further expressing his support for Beijing’s national reunification goals. This stance aligns with China’s “One China” principle, which views Taiwan as a part of its territory.
Responding to these developments, MOFA issued a warning to Timor-Leste, which it regards as one of the most promising young democracies in Asia. MOFA cautioned the Southeast Asian nation against becoming an accomplice in China’s expansionist agenda. It further implored Timor-Leste to collaborate with nations that share similar democratic values to foster regional peace and prosperity.
China’s ‘One China’ Principle: A Threat to Taiwan’s Sovereignty?
The “One China” principle propagated by the Chinese Communist regime has been a cause for concern for Taiwan. Under this principle, China asserts that there is only one China that includes Taiwan, and the People’s Republic of China is its only legitimate government. This stance fundamentally rejects Taiwan’s claims of sovereignty and independence.
MOFA’s recent statement signifies Taiwan’s refusal to accept the “One China” principle. The ministry emphasized the need for China to acknowledge the reality of Taiwan’s sovereignty, thus highlighting the ongoing struggle between these two nations over Taiwan’s status and identity.
Conclusion: A Struggle for Sovereignty
The recent developments and exchanges between Taiwan, China, and Timor-Leste highlight the ongoing struggle over Taiwan’s sovereignty. As China continues to enforce its “One China” principle on other nations, Taiwan remains firm in asserting its status as an independent and sovereign nation. This situation underscores the importance of international recognition and support for Taiwan’s democratic values and its right to self-determination.
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