Chinese Foreign Minister: “Necessary” retaliation required in response to US “provocations” regarding Taiwan

China: Tensions escalated after a US congressional delegation visited the island two weeks after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, prompting Beijing to say US demands on Taiwan were ‘necessary “, according to the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs. of” must be answered.
Wang Yi said in a video message to Asian and African envoys of the UN mission in Geneva on Monday:

“In response to every coercive provocation by the United States, China must respond as necessary and legitimate, exercising its rightful authority.” Protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as uphold the principle of non-interference in internal affairs.”

According to a statement issued Tuesday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is the “golden rule” and the “protective shield” of interstate relations that allow developing countries to fend for themselves.
According to the Foreign Ministry in Beijing, the group is traveling to China and will soon visit Guangdong and Xinjiang provinces.

After receiving a delegation from the US Congress led by Senator Ed Markey on Monday, President Tsai Ing-wen ordered Beijing to resume military exercises near Taiwan.

Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives and second in line for the presidency, made an unannounced stopover in Taiwan two weeks ago despite repeated warnings from Beijing, making her the highest ranking US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years.

As tensions over Taiwan continue to rise, Beijing and Washington increasingly blame each other. Beijing considers the self-governing island of 23 million as part of its territory and has never ruled out using force to control it.

Washington opposes any attempt to annex the island by force, despite the fact that most nations, including the United States, do not recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state.

According to Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian, the visit of the five-member US delegation “violated China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and sent a false signal to the separatist forces of ‘the’ independence of Taiwan'”.

Ahead of Pelosi’s visit, Beijing reacted angrily, imposing sanctions on the veteran Democrat and his family, launching live-fire drills around Taiwan and with Washington in various areas including defense and military, climate change , the anti-terrorist communication stopped. and anti-drug campaigns.

The People’s Liberation Army conducted several days of combat drills in the Taiwan Strait, firing missiles and flying warplanes over the narrow body of water separating the island from mainland China .

Observers interpreted the deployment of two Type 055 guided missile stealth destroyers in eastern Taiwan waters as indicating Beijing’s growing ability to blockade the island.

Wang also demanded on Monday that more influence be given to developing countries so that “multilateral institutions are not allowed to become tools for individual countries…to manipulate decisions on international affairs.”

Wang also defended Beijing’s human rights policy, a major bone of contention with the West, in his speech to a group of Geneva-based Asian and African UN officials.
Some Western nations, he said, “want to be judges of human rights, shining their torches on others but not themselves, turning a blind eye to human rights shortcomings of their own countries, pointing out the human rights situation in developing countries.” I want more allies.”

International human rights organizations should not be politicized or used as “a battleground for political confrontation”, and human rights should not be invoked to justify interference in affairs interiors of other countries.

Mr. Wang briefed diplomats from Laos, Iran, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Lesotho, Eritrea, Cote d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Somalia, Cameroon and Sierra Leone that China is committed to human rights exchanges and cooperation with other countries. ready for “Based on equality and mutual respect and with an open approach.”

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