MOFA slams China for Taiwan reference following talks with Moscow

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Saturday condemned Beijing for “falsely” claiming Taiwan is part of its territory after talks between China’s leader Xi Jinping (???) and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday.

The leaders of China and Russia held a virtual meeting on Friday to discuss bilateral relations under their strategic partnership and the “Ukraine crisis,” with both governments each issuing a statement afterwards.

According to the statement issued by Beijing, Moscow promised to support the “one China” principle, which expresses the idea that Taiwan and China are part of the same country, when it comes to issues relating to Taiwan.

Moscow’s own statement, on the other hand, did not mention Taiwan.

In its statement, MOFA said the Chinese authorities had once again taken advantage of their high-level official talks with other countries to make “false claims” about the Republic of China’s sovereignty in the international community.

Taiwan is not part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the PRC government has never ruled Taiwan, MOFA said, adding that Beijing’s action, which sought to undermine the ROC’s sovereignty, should be condemned.

MOFA also criticized both China and Russia for “endangering” peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and the Indo-Pacific.

China has engaged in “information warfare” and its military aircraft and vessels have increased their drills in the vicinity of Taiwan, while the Russian invasion of Ukraine has violated the United Nations charter, the ministry said.

In the face of threats posed by authoritarianism, the ministry said, Taiwan would welcome more exchanges with countries sharing the values of democracy and freedom.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel