|Qin Gang: Unequivocally Rejecting "Taiwan Independence" Is a Must in Upholding the One-China Principle|
On April 14, 2023, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock jointly met the press after co-chairing the sixth round of China-Germany Strategic Dialogue on Diplomacy and Security in Beijing.
In response to Germany's statement that it upholds the one-China principle, but is concerned about the current tension across the Taiwan Strait, Qin Gang stressed that a basic fact that must be first made very clear is that there is but one China in the world; Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory; and the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China. This is what the one-China principle is essentially about. The Taiwan question is China's internal affair that allows no external interference. Like other countries, the Chinese government and people are duty-bound to resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Qin Gang said that the fundamental cause of tension across the Taiwan Strait in recent years is the "Taiwan independence" forces on the island engaging in separatist activities with the support and connivance of foreign forces. Separatist acts for "Taiwan independence" are as irreconcilable with peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait as fire with water. Unequivocally rejecting "Taiwan independence" and opposing external interference is a must in safeguarding stability in the Taiwan Strait and regional peace and tranquility. This is what it means to uphold the one-China principle.