De­nial of ‘one China’ brings fear to Tai­wan

Global Times - Weekend - - OPINION -

For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi and his Nige­rian coun­ter­part met the press to­gether on Wed­nes­day, dur­ing which Wang spoke highly of Nige­ria’s moves sev­eral days ear­lier to re­voke the consular priv­i­leges en­joyed by a Tai­wan rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fice and or­der it to move out of the Nige­rian cap­i­tal to up­hold the one-China pol­icy.

Nige­ria’s ac­tion is only one episode of events that Tai­wan pro-in­de­pen­dence forces are go­ing to wit­ness. Tsai Ing-wen thought she would bring a sur­prise to in­de­pen­dence ad­vo­cates by re­fus­ing to rec­og­nize the 1992 Con­sen­sus and talk­ing to Don­ald Trump over the phone, but these moves are go­ing to cre­ate shocks in­stead.

As the most pop­u­lous coun­try in Africa, Nige­ria is a vi­tal power in global po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic af­fairs, and its lat­est move sets an ex­am­ple for oth­ers. It is hoped that other coun­tries will fol­low suit and squeeze the in­ter­na­tional space of Tai­wan’s in­de­pen­dence ad­vo­cates.

Tai­wan’s pro-in­de­pen­dence forces are de­pressed about the de­ci­sion of Nige­ria and try­ing to win some sym­pa­thy through play­ing the vic­tim.

The Chi­nese for­eign min­ster al­ways starts a New Year by vis­it­ing Africa. Chi­nese diplo­macy is based on re­la­tions with de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, among which Africa is at the core. China is will­ing and ca­pa­ble of mak­ing new con­tri­bu­tions to the peace and de­vel­op­ment of Africa through deep­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion. Cur­rently, China and Africa are to­gether ex­plor­ing new con­cepts of bring­ing bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion to a new height. African coun­tries un­der­stand the im­por­tance for their de­vel­op­ment and sup­port China’s po­si­tion on na­tional unity.

Re­u­ni­fi­ca­tion of China is de­sired by all Chi­nese, which is an un­alien­able part of world peace. China is con­tribut­ing about 30 per­cent of global eco­nomic growth un­der the win-win con­cept, there­fore the re­u­ni­fi­ca­tion of China is a pre­req­ui­site of sta­bil­ity of the world.

Tai­wan’s pro-in­de­pen­dence forces are like gam­blers, and such trend is be­yond their imag­i­na­tion. They bet on the US for their fate, think­ing as long as they fol­low the US closely, like flirt­ing a bit with Trump, they would gain some more space in the world. They are to­tally wrong.

For ev­ery bit of empty promise that the Tai­wan’s pro-in­de­pen­dence forces get from the US, we will make them pay the price; for ev­ery bit of “good news” they get, they will feel mul­ti­ple fear. The Chi­nese main­land is wise and strong enough to turn the “lifeline” of pro-in­de­pen­dence forces into a rope to stran­gle them.

Nige­ria will not be the last coun­try to put pres­sure on Tai­wan. Tai­wan’s Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party will live in fear as long as they don’t rec­og­nize the 1992 Con­sen­sus and the one-China prin­ci­ple.

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