Friday, March 02, 2018
China warned Taiwan on Friday it would only get burnt if it sought to rely on foreigners, adding to warnings from state media the country could go to war over Taiwan if the United States passes into law a bill promoting closer U.S. ties. The legislation, which only needs President Donald Trump's signature to become law, says it should be U.S. policy to allow officials at all levels to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts, permit high-level Taiwanese officials to enter the United States"under respectful conditions" and meet with U.S. officials. Beijing considers democratic Taiwan to be a wayward province and integral part of"one China", ineligible for state-to-state relations, and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control. China's Taiwan Affairs Office said the bill was a serious contravention of the"one China" principle.
"We also sternly warn Taiwan: do not rely on foreigners to build yourselves up, or it will only draw the fire upon you," it said in a short statement.
n a strongly-worded editorial, the official China Daily said if the bill becomes law it will only encourage Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to further assert the island's sovereignty.
"Which, if she persisted, would lead to the inevitable consequence of triggering the Anti-Secession Law that allows Beijing to use force to prevent the island from seceding," the paper said, referring to a Chinese law passed in 2005.
"Since the U.S. is bound by domestic law to act on behalf of the island in that instance, it would only give substance to the observation that the descent into hell is easy."
Admin's note: Participants in this discussion must follow the site's moderation policy. Profanity will be filtered. Abusive conduct is not allowed.