The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council and the State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China published a white paper titled “The Taiwan Question and China’s Reunification in the New Era” on Wednesday, attracting broad global attention. Many said that Taiwan is part of China, the one-China principle has been a broad consensus of the international community and the white paper demonstrates China’s firm will and determination in pursuit of national reunification.
Rafael Quintero, former deputy foreign minister of Ecuador, said the white paper makes clear China’s determination to advance its national reunification. “You have to start from real history,” Quintero said, adding that Taiwan has been part of China since ancient times, and that “respect should be given to international law.”
Kwon Ki-sik, head of the Korea-China City Friendship Association, said the white paper clearly states China’s position on and policy of promoting the realization of national reunification.
With increasing national strength and international influence, China is confident about and capable of resolving the Taiwan question, Kwon said, adding that the scheme of using Taiwan to contain China is doomed to failure.
Noting an escalating anxiety of the United States, Ong Tee Keat, chairman of Malaysia-based think tank the Center for New Inclusive Asia, said that the Taiwan question “has long been used (by the United States) as a geopolitical weapon against China.”
Calling the publication of the white paper “timely,” Ong said the Taiwan question is China’s domestic affair, which should be resolved by the Chinese people themselves.
Ngemela Lubinga, secretary of Political Affairs and International Relations of Tanzania’s ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), said the CCM “has always been supporting the one-China principle” and “is supporting China against outside attacks” on the Taiwan question.
“Taiwan is part of China,” he said, adding that any efforts to divide China are not acceptable. Pointing out that Taiwan is part of China, former Croatian President Ivo Josipovic voiced support for China in safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity. – Xinhua