December 8, the Guardian published an interview with the head of the foreign affairs department of the Taiwan authorities, who made a series of wrong remarks on cross-strait relations, Taiwan’s so-called “international status” and other issues.
A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom sent a letter to the Guardian, rejecting the fallacies and correcting the record. The original text of the letter was also published through the embassy’s social media. The full text is as follows:
The wrong remarks made by relevant personnel of the Taiwan authorities of China published in your newspaper on December 8 are completely inconsistent with the facts.
There is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory. The government of the People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing the whole of China.
Adhering to the one-China principle has become the universal consensus of the international community.
The two sides of the Taiwan Strait are blood-connected brothers and a family that keeps cutting off. The peaceful development of the two sides of the Taiwan Straits has been the aspiration and general trend of people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.
Nowadays, the development of mainland China is constantly bringing opportunities to compatriots on the other side of the Strait.
Any “Taiwan independence” separatist attempt to incite cross-strait confrontation is doomed to failure.
Some separatist forces have acted frequently and stir up trouble, which cannot change the above facts, nor hinder the progress of cross-strait relations, and the process of China’s peaceful reunification.