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ZHAO QIAN: Why China reacts strongly to Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan

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ZHAO QIAN: Why China reacts strongly to Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan


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Credit: ZHAO QIAN (Correspondent of China Media Group based in Nairobi)

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, visited China’s Taiwan region earlier this month despite the firm opposition from Beijing. This has stirred an outcry among the Chinese. Why?

The simple answer is that Taiwan is part of China. Pelosi’s visit is a violation of Chinese sovereignty and territorial integrity.

A glimpse of history may help you to understand better. Taiwan has been part of China since over 1,000 years ago. It remained within the jurisdiction of China, except for the years of occupation by the Dutch and Japanese.

It was separated from the mainland in the late 1940s. That was when the KMT, which had ruled China for more than 20 years, lost a civil war, and fled to the island. However, even the KMT has always maintained that Taiwan and the mainland are parts of one country.

“There is but one China in the world, Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory, and the Government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole China.” This is not a unilateral announcement of China. It is part of the UN General Assembly Resolution 2758, adopted in 1971.

The one-China principle is the political basis on which China has established diplomatic relations with 181 countries.

Read more: The STAR

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