0201 GMT August 18, 2022
In disregard of China’s strong opposition and serious representations, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi visited China’s Taiwan region. This is a serious violation of the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China-U.S. joint communiqués. It has a severe impact on the political foundation of China-U.S. relations, and seriously infringes upon China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. It gravely undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and sends a seriously wrong signal to the separatist forces for “Taiwan independence”. This visit blatantly engages in political provocations, and has aroused strong indignation among the Chinese people and widespread opposition from the international community.
There is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. The Government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China. The one-China principle is the premise for the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States, and is also the political foundation of China-U.S. relations. The United States has made solemn commitment to China on the Taiwan question, but in real action, it has constantly upgraded substantive relations and official exchanges with Taiwan, emboldened and supported “Taiwan independence” separatist forces, attempted to use Taiwan to contain China, and severely undermined peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese government and the Chinese people have taken and will continue to take resolute and forceful measures to firmly safeguard China's sovereignty, security and development interests.
The historical ins and outs of the Taiwan question are crystal clear, and so are the fact and status quo that both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one and the same China. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities, in disregard of the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation and the well-being of the people in Taiwan, has served as a tool for external anti-China forces, which fully exposes its dangerous attempt of clinging to U.S. support to seek “independence”. The Chinese nation has a glorious tradition of opposing division and maintaining unity. The separatist attempt seeking "Taiwan independence" is now the biggest obstacle to the reunification of the motherland, and a serious potential danger to China's national rejuvenation. Those who forget their heritage, betray their motherland, and seek to split the country will come to no good end; they will be disdained by the people and condemned by history. China’s reunification is a historical trend and the right path, while “Taiwan independence” goes against the tide of history, and it is a path to nowhere. With the reunification of our motherland being the unstoppable trend of history, any attempts to seek “independence” are doomed to fail.
There is no room for any country to compromise when it comes to the issues of right and wrong, and especially the issues concerning its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The U.S. has intensified its efforts to “use Taiwan to contain China”, pushing the situation in the Taiwan Strait to further tensions, and will surely pay a heavy price. The position of the Chinese government and people on the Taiwan question has been consistent. It is the firm commitment of the more than 1.4 billion Chinese people to resolutely safeguard state sovereignty and territorial integrity. We have already solemnly stated that China will take strong measures to thwart foreign interference or any attempts to seek “Taiwan independence” if the U.S. insists on following the wrong path. We do as we say. No country, no forces and no individuals should ever misestimate the firm resolve, strong will and great capability of the Chinese people to defend the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of their motherland.
China and Iran are comprehensive strategic partners. In the face of the complicated international situation, China and Iran have strengthened solidarity and cooperation, enhanced the common interests of the two sides, and safeguarded the legitimate rights and interests of the vast developing countries. We firmly support each other on issues concerning respective core interests and major concerns, and uphold non-interference in others' internal affairs, which is a basic norm governing international relations. When speaking to President Xi Jinping on the phone several days ago, President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi emphasized that Iran firmly pursues the one-China principle and supports China in safeguarding its core interests. Upon Pelosi’s arrival in Taiwan, the Foreign Ministry of Iran immediately issued a statement condemning America’s provocative actions and interference in China’s internal affairs. We highly appreciate and commend Iran’s timely support. We stand ready to work with Iran to constantly push for new progress in the China-Iran comprehensive strategic partnership.
The will of the people is not to be defied, and the trend of the times cannot be reversed. China must be unified, and it is bound to be unified. The time and momentum to achieve the reunification of our motherland are always firmly in our own hands. The determination of the Chinese government and Chinese people to achieve reunification is rock solid and will not be changed by anyone, any forces or any countries. We firmly oppose the interference by foreign forces and so-called “Taiwan independence”, and we will never leave any space for “Taiwan independence” separatist activities in any form!