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China urges EU to not interfere on Taiwan

By MO JINGXI | | Updated: 2021-09-03 00:31
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China on Thursday urged the European Union to stop making trouble with Taiwan-related issues and to guarantee the healthy and steady development of China-EU ties after members of the European Parliament urged the EU to pursue closer relations with Taiwan.

Despite of China's stern representations, the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday adopted a report that urged the EU to begin work on a bilateral investment agreement with Taiwan. It also suggested that the bloc rename its trade office in Taipei to the "European Union Office in Taiwan".

"The move seriously violated the one-China principle, flagrantly interfered in China's internal affairs, and severely violated international laws and basic norms governing international relations. We strongly condemn and firmly reject it," the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee said in a statement i on Thursday.

There is but one China in the world. Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory. The Taiwan question is China's internal affair and it bears on China's core interests and the national bond of the Chinese people, the committee said.

The committee noted that the one-China principle is a recognized norm of international relations and a common consensus of the international community. It is also the precondition and political foundation for China to keep and develop friendly cooperation with the rest of the world.

"We firmly opposed any external interference of China's internal affairs or interference in the process of China's reunification," the statement said, noting that China must and will be reunited.

The committee urged the EU to appreciate the sensitivity of the Taiwan question, respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and stop sending the wrong signal to Taiwan separatist forces.

"We hope the EU side could proceed from the overall interest and earnestly adhere to the one-China principle and appropriately deal with Taiwan-related issues with prudence," the statement said.

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