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China underscores commitment to Taiwan, warns interlopers

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi has reiterated Beijing’s commitment to reunify with Taiwan.

September 25, 2022
25 September 2022

China has underscored its commitment to its claim to Taiwan, telling world leaders that anyone who gets in the way of its determination to reunify with the self-governing island would be “crushed by the wheels of history.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi during the 77th United Nations General Assembly. (David ‘Dee’ Delgado/Pool Photo via AP)

“Only when China is fully reunified can there be true peace across the Taiwan Strait,” Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, said at the UN General Assembly. He said Beijing would “take the most forceful steps to oppose external interference.”

China vehemently defends its claim on Taiwan, which separated from the mainland after a 1949 civil war and now functions with its own government. A recent visit by the speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, markedly ratcheted up tensions between Washington and Beijing.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi meets with Legislative Yuan Deputy Speaker Tsai Chi-chang in Taipei, Taiwan in August. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP, File)

The language, while forceful, was not out of the realm of the normal for China. Taiwan is a core issue of the country’s policy, and Wang’s appearance – instead of his boss, Chinese leader Xi Jinping – was a signal that the speech was not a major one.

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