Chinese FM vows greater resolve to safeguard the international order, China’s sovereignty and security at Lanting Forum
Published: Apr 21, 2023 01:30 PM Updated: Apr 21, 2023 01:36 PM
Photo: CFP

Photo: CFP

It is not the Chinese mainland, but the "Taiwan independence" separatist forces and a handful of countries attempting to take advantage of "Taiwan independence" that are disrupting international rules, unilaterally changing the status quo, and undermining stability across the Straits, China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang said at the Lanting Forum on Chinese Modernization and the World held in Shanghai on Friday.

When delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of the forum, Qin slammed some recent absurd remarks, which accused China of challenging the so-called rules-based international order," of unilaterally changing the status quo across the Taiwan Straits through force or coercion," and of disrupting peace and stability across the Straits.

"Such claims go against basic common sense on international relations and historical justice. The logic is absurd, and the consequences dangerous," Qin said.

Highlights of State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang’s keynote speech at Lanting Forum. Graphic:GT

Highlights of State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang’s keynote speech at Lanting Forum. Graphic:GT

Their definition of rules, status quo and stability is in fact aimed to hollow out the one-China principle, achieve "peaceful division" of China, and ultimately tamper with the history of WWII, subvert the post-war order, and trample on China's sovereignty, Qin said. "This is unacceptable to the 1.4 billion Chinese people. China will not lose any part of its territory that has been restored. And the established post-war international order will not be upended," the foreign minister emphasized. 

Having suffered among the heaviest casualties in the world anti-fascist alliance during WWII, and as a founding member of the UN and the first country to sign the UN Charter, China sees it as its solemn duty to defend the authority of the UN and uphold the post-war international order, Qin said.

He noted that China has the best record in abiding by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, international law and the basic norms of international relations. 

"We need no reminder by certain countries or groups of countries. Fair-minded people can see full well who is exploiting and discarding the UN at its own will, who is disrupting the international order, and who is engaged in hegemonic, bullying and high-handed practices," Qin stressed.

He reiterated that Taiwan has been an inalienable part of China's territory since ancient times, and both sides of the Straits belong to one and the same China. "This is Taiwan's history, and it is also the status quo of Taiwan. Taiwan's return to China is a component of the post-war international order, written in black and white in the Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Proclamation," the foreign minister noted. 

Qin said it is right and proper for China to uphold its sovereignty and territorial integrity, noting that the Taiwan question is the core of the core interests of China, and there will be no vagueness at all in China's response to any one who attempts to distort the one-China principle.  

"We will never back down in face of any act that undermines China's sovereignty and security. Those who play with fire on Taiwan will eventually get themselves burned," he said.  

Global Times