Thursday, April 7, 2022

China prohibits("warns") American House Speaker Pelosi visiting Taiwan

Same as Russia - or/and what prompted Russians to engage in genodeci(war/invasion and have even supported one publicly) against people of Ukraine.

China warns U.S. against House Speaker Pelosi visiting Taiwan

News conference of China's foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian in Beijing
By Martin Quin Pollard
BEIJING (Reuters) -China warned on Thursday it would take strong measures if U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan and said such a visit would severely impact Chinese-U.S. relations, following media reports she would go next week.

China considers democratically ruled Taiwan its own territory and the subject is a constant source of friction between Beijing and Washington, especially given strong U.S. military and political support for the island.

The possible visit has not been confirmed by Pelosi's office or Taiwan's government, but some Japanese and Taiwanese media reported it would take place after she visits Japan this weekend.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters that Beijing firmly opposed all forms of official interactions between the United States and Taiwan, and Washington should cancel the trip.

"If the United States insists on having its own way, China will take strong measures in response to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity. All possible consequences that arise from this will completely be borne by the U.S. side," he added, without giving details.

In Taipei, Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Joanne Ou would only say that inviting U.S. officials and dignitaries had always been "an important part" of the ministry's work, and that it would announce any official visits at an appropriate time.

Sunday marks the 43rd anniversary of the United States signing into law the Taiwan Relations Act, which guides ties in the absence of formal diplomatic relations and enshrines a U.S. commitment to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself.

The last time a House speaker visited Taiwan was in 1997, when Newt Gingrich met then-President Lee Teng-hui.

Pelosi, a long time critic of China, particularly on human rights issues, held a virtual meeting with Taiwan Vice President William Lai in January as he wrapped up a visit to the United States and Honduras.

Pelosi is one of the ruling Democratic Party's most high-profile politicians, and second in the U.S. presidential line of succession after the vice president.

Taiwan has been heartened by continued U.S. support offered by the Biden administration, which has repeatedly talked of its "rock-solid" commitment to the island.

That has strained already poor Sino-U.S. relations.

In March, a delegation of former senior U.S. defence and security officials sent by President Joe Biden visited Taiwan, a strong show of support coming soon after Russia invaded Ukraine.

(Reporting by Martin Pollard; Writing and additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in Taipei;Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky and Nick Macfie)


Jul 14, 2014

Taiwan is a modern, sovereign nation

There is no doubt that Taiwan is a sovereign state, but it has yet to become a normal one. If it is to do so, there are three prerequisites. First, abandon the name "The Republic of China" (ROC) in favor of "Taiwan." Second, establish a Taiwanese constitution. Third, become an official member state of the UN. For more information, visit the UNPO Taiwan membership profile.

Source Taipei Times:

As soon as Taiwan succeeds in becoming a normal state, we will no longer have to panic whenever a politician makes noises regarding the issue of sovereignty. A case in point is US Secretary of State Colin Powell's comments during an Oct. 25 press conference in Beijing. It should be understood that these words were spoken with the political interests of a politician facing an election.

Taiwan is Taiwan, and China is China. They are different countries, and Taiwan is not a part of China. There has not been a single day in the 55 years since the establishment of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949 that China has had effective control of Taiwan.

Taiwan can be considered a nation in today's world -- it fulfills all requirements for nationhood according to international law. Taiwan has a population of 23 million people and has sovereignty over, and effective control of, the defined territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu. These areas are controlled by a government which has the right to form policies and the ability to conduct diplomatic, economic and other types of exchanges with other countries throughout the world.

From the perspective of international law, Taiwan ceased to be a part of China in 1895. Over the years Taiwan has evolved into a country in its own right. During the course of this development there have been a number of important milestones.

Between 1895 and 1945, Taiwan was a Japanese colony. Afterwards, it became an occu-pied territory under the control of the Allied forces until 1952. Japan gave up claims to Taiwan and Penghu as part of the Treaty of San Francisco in 1951, and since this time, Taiwan's status in the eyes of international law has remained undefined. This issue was left unaddressed in the UN Resolution 2758 in 1971. The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) controlled Taiwan illegally under martial law from 1949 to 1987.

The final stage is encapsulated in the period between 1988 to now, during which localization, democracy and the people's ability to decide their own fate have taken root in Taiwan. From its former undefined status in international law, Taiwan has evolved into a sovereign state independent of the PRC. This is the result of its democratization; the development of a Taiwan out of the ROC and the unique political, economic, social and cultural systems which have given it autonomy.

However you look at it, Taiwan is an independent, sovereign state. If it wishes to remain as such, it must have the courage to work toward becoming a normal nation. In this way, the so-called "one China" policy will become a more realistic "one China and one Taiwan" policy, which will herald a new era where the people of Taiwan and China can both live in peace and prosperity.

Uyghur genocide

The Chinese government has committed a series of ongoing human rights abuses against Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang that is often characterized as genocide. Since 2014, the Chinese government, under the administration of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping, has pursued policies that incarcerated more than an estimated one million Turkic Muslims in internment camps without any legal process.[3][4][5] This is the largest-scale detention of ethnic and religious minorities since World War II.[6][7] Experts estimate that, since 2017, some sixteen thousand mosques have been razed or damaged,[8] and hundreds of thousands of children have been forcibly separated from their parents and sent to boarding schools.[9][10]

Government policies have included the arbitrary detention of Uyghurs in state-sponored internment camps,[11][12] forced labor,[13][14] suppression of Uyghur religious

 practices,[15] political indoctrination,[16] severe ill-treatment,[17] forced sterilization,[18] forced contraception,[19][20] and forced abortion.[21][22] Chinese government statistics reported that from 2015 to 2018, birth rates in the mostly Uyghur regions of Hotan and Kashgar fell by more than 60%.[18] In the same period, the birth rate of the whole country decreased by 9.69%.[23] Chinese authorities acknowledged that birth rates dropped by almost a third in 2018 in Xinjiang, but denied reports of forced sterilization and genocide.[24] Birth rates in Xinjiang fell a further 24% in 2019, compared to a nationwide decrease of 4.2%.[18]

These actions have been described as the forced assimilation of Xinjiang, or as an ethnocide or cultural genocide,[25][26] or as genocide. Those accusing China of genocide point to intentional acts committed by the Chinese government that they say run afoul of Article II of the Genocide Convention,[27][28][29] which prohibits "acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part," a "racial or religious group" including "causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group" and "measures intended to prevent births within the group".[30]

The Chinese government denies having committed human rights abuses in Xinjiang.[6][31] International reactions have varied. Some United Nations (UN) member states issued statements to the United Nations Human Rights Council condemning China's policies, while others supported China's policies.[32] In December 2020, the International Criminal Court declined to investigate China on jurisdictional grounds.[33][34] The United States has declared the human rights abuses a genocide, announcing its finding on January 19, 2021.[35] Legislatures in several countries have since passed non-binding motions describing China's actions as genocide, including the House of Commons of Canada,[36] the Dutch parliament,[37] the House of Commons of the United Kingdom,[38] the Seimas of Lithuania,[39] and the French National Assembly.[40] Other parliaments, such as those in New Zealand,[41] Belgium,[42] and the Czech Republic condemned the Chinese government's treatment of Uyghurs as "severe human rights abuses" or crimes against humanity.[43]

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