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Taiwan: China's claim over it is 'groundless and false'

Calling on the international community to jointly condemn China’s irrational military provocations, Taiwan urged all countries to continue to speak up in support of democratic Taiwan with an aim to safeguard the values of freedom and democracy, to maintain the rules-based international order, and to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.

ByJose Kalathil

Updated 15 Aug 2022, 9:36 am

Taipei City, Taiwan (Photo: Thomas Tucker_Unsplash)
Taipei City, Taiwan (Photo: Thomas Tucker_Unsplash)

Taiwan has emphatically denied China's sovereignty claim over the island, saying it was "groundless and false".

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Taipei also said, after Taiwan returned to the Republic of China (ROC)  in 1945 after the World War II,  the Chinese Communist regime has never exercised, for one single day, sovereignty over Taiwan administered by the ROC, which manifests Taiwan (ROC) and China (PRC) each under separate rules of democracy and autocracy.

Earnestly calling on the international community to jointly condemn China’s irrational military provocations, it urged all countries to continue to speak up in support of democratic Taiwan with an aim to safeguard the values of freedom and democracy, to maintain the rules-based international order, and to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.

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Conveying sincere gratitude to all countries "that have voiced justice and grave concerns regarding China’s recent belligerent military posturing across the Taiwan Strait," Taipei's de facto ambassador Baushuan Ger in a statement clarified, "The Republic of China (ROC) was founded in 1912, while the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was established in 1949. In 1945 Taiwan was returned to the ROC after the World War II.

The Chinese Communist regime has never exercised, for one single day, sovereignty over Taiwan administered by the ROC, which manifests Taiwan (ROC) and China (PRC) each under separate rules of democracy and autocracy. PRC’s sovereignty claim over Taiwan is therefore groundless and false. These are not only internationally recognized facts but also long-term status quo across the Taiwan Strait."

The statement added, "Taiwan is entitled to make friends and maintain relationships with countries around the world. PRC’s continued actions to coerce and intimidate other countries into shunning Taiwan underlines the fact that the PRC itself does not recognize Taiwan as part of China, further deflating the fraud and empty lies of the so-called “One-China” principle."

"China’s deliberate intensification of various forms of military posturing targeted at Taiwan recently has severely disrupted peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and in the region. We earnestly call on the international community to jointly condemn China’s irrational military provocations and urge all countries to continue to speak up in support of democratic Taiwan with an aim to safeguard the values of freedom and democracy, to maintain the rules-based international order, and to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific," it said.

"The government of ROC(Taiwan) wishes to convey sincere gratitude to the executive branches and parliamentarians of over 50 countries-including India-which have called on all sides to exercise restrain, de-escalate tensions, avoid unilateral actions to change status quo and maintain peace and stability in the region.

"As a responsible stakeholder of the international community, Taiwan will calmly respond to China’s unreasonable military threats, firmly defend Taiwan’s sovereignty and national security, and protect the front line of democracy and freedom without resorting to the acts of escalation or provocation. In the face of evolving developments, the government of Taiwan will continue to enhance its self-defense capabilities while maintaining close communication and coordination with the US, Japan and all other like-minded nations including India to jointly preserve the rules-based international order and safeguard security across the Taiwan Strait and consolidate peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific," the statement concluded.

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Jose Kalathil

Jose Kalathil

Jose Kalathil is s senior journalist and can be contacted at kalathil.jose@gmail.com

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