China’s envoy calls Taiwan ‘most sensitive’ issue and says US does not support independence

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Chinese Ambassador to the USA called Taiwan the “most sensitive” issue at the heart of relations between the two superpowers.

“The issue of Taiwan is the most sensitive and important issue between China and the United States,” Ambassador Qin Gang said at the Aspen Security Forum. “China loves civilians on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. Our compatriots.”

“The last thing we want to do is fight our compatriots, so we will make every effort with great sincerity to achieve peaceful reunification, because we believe that it is best to serve the interests of people on both sides,” he added.

In a private conversation with the Aspen Security Forum, tensions have escalated over the past two years. between the US and China over Taiwanespecially with the increase in visits by US dignitaries to Taipei and the increase in Chinese military flights and exercises around the Taiwan space.

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Qin argued that issues related to Taiwan and Hong Kong serve to “damage the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China.”

“The root cause is that the One China principle has been undermined,” Qin said. “He is under threat… without authority in Taiwan.”

Chinese Ambassador to the US Qin Gang speaks at an event marking the 50th anniversary of former US President Richard Nixon's visit to China in Yorba Linda, USA.  January 24, 2022 "Competition and confrontation should not be the leitmotif of Sino-US relations: Chinese diplomat"

Chinese Ambassador to the US Qin Gang speaks at an event marking the 50th anniversary of former US President Richard Nixon’s visit to China in Yorba Linda, USA. September 24, 2022 OBSERVE: “Competition and confrontation should not be the leitmotif of Sino-US relations: Chinese diplomat”
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He stated that the “political agenda” to promote Taiwan independence was “blurring” the one-China policy and “borrowing US support.”

“One China Policy” Means US Recognition People’s Republic of China as the sole legitimate government of China, but only recognizes but does not support Beijing’s claim that Taiwan is part of China.

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Beijing and the White House stressed US support for the “one China” policy. Biden continues to insist that the US will help Taiwan continue to arm and prepare for self-defense, even completion of the fifth arms sale in Taipei since Biden took office.

But Qin insists that US Supports “One China” also includes recognition of China’s ownership of Taiwan.

“Biden has said many times that the United States remains committed to the one China policy,” Qin said. “The United States does not support Taiwan independence, and the United States does not want conflict with China and Taiwan, so the absence of conflict and war is the biggest consensus between China and the United States.”

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Qin asked the US to “fulfill its obligations by action” and “fully implement” the one-China policy.

“Only by strictly adhering to the one-China policy, only by joining forces to contain and oppose Taiwan independence, can we achieve peaceful reunification“he said.

Qin was also scathing about outside criticism and interference in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, which he claimed was not about “democracy, human rights, ethnicity, or religion”.

Xinjiang is the western province where Beijing was convicted of committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims.

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Qin described the situation in Xinjiang as “the fight against terrorism, separatism (and) as the protection of people’s lives, the protection of China’s national sovereignty.”

Of the former British colony, he said, “Hong Kong is back in the arms of its homeland.”

Fox News Digital reached out to the White House for comment but received no response as of press time.