Chinese Foreign Minister reaffirms one-China principle, declares Taiwan reunification inevitable

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Wang Yi

20th May 2024 – (Beijing) During a sideline meeting at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Astana, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reiterated the unyielding stance of the one-China principle, emphasizing that it is the cornerstone of peace across the Taiwan Strait.

Wang, who is also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made clear that changes in Taiwan’s political landscape would not alter the established historical and legal realities—that there is only one China and Taiwan is an integral part of it. This assertion comes in the wake of Taiwan region’s new leadership assuming office, a development that has drawn international attention.

The minister highlighted that the international community, including several SCO member states, has consistently supported the one-China principle, aligning against any notions of “Taiwan independence” and endorsing China’s ambitions for reunification. According to Wang, every challenge to this principle not only fails but also strengthens global consensus and support for China’s stance.

Wang pointed to historical documents such as the 1943 Cairo Declaration and the 1945 Potsdam Proclamation, which stipulate that Taiwan, taken by Japan, should be returned to China as part of the post-World War II international framework. He argued that these declarations are not merely historical texts but form the backbone of today’s international order.

Labelling any separatist attempts for “Taiwan independence” as the gravest threat to this order and to peace in the Taiwan Strait, Wang underscored the inevitability of China’s reunification. He portrayed it as a collective conviction across the Chinese nation that the country’s sovereignty is indivisible and its stability unassailable.