China tells the United States to ‘behave’ as a top Taiwan official criticizes the country.
After Washington’s de facto envoy to Taipei blamed Beijing for the breakdown in relations across the Taiwan Strait, a senior Chinese government spokeswoman advised the US to “behave cautiously.”
During an interview with Apple Daily on June 1, Brent Christensen, the outgoing director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), denounced China’s multifarious political, economic, and military pressure against Taiwan.
According to Christensen, “Only one side is violating the other side’s air defense identification zone every day.” “The worsening in cross-strait relations is not the fault of Taiwan.”
At a biweekly press conference on Wednesday, Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for the Chinese government’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), reacted, placing the blame firmly on Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
According to Ma, who runs the TAO’s communication office, the DPP is the “root cause” of rising tensions across the Taiwan Strait. He claimed that Taipei is seeking “independence” and inciting “anti-China sentiment” in the self-ruled island.
Ma claimed that the Taiwanese government had turned down Beijing’s offer to assist in the fight against the continuing coronavirus outbreak. Although China has stated that it is willing to provide Taipei with WHO-approved vaccines, Taiwanese law currently prohibits the importing of serums from the neighboring country.
“No one will ever be able to separate Taiwan from China,” Ma said in his message, which also featured additional specific threats for Washington, Taiwan’s most powerful international support.
“We ask the United States government and relevant persons… to distinguish between right and wrong on the Taiwan issue, to act prudently, and not to send the incorrect signals to pro-Taiwan independence forces,” he added.
The term “behave cautiously,” which can equally be construed as “talk and act cautiously,” was deleted from an English-language readout of Ma’s remarks.
During Director Christensen’s three-year tenure, which ends this summer, he oversaw one of the most pivotal moments in US-Taiwan relations.
The AIT chief underlined Washington’s support for Taiwan and its two-term president, Tsai Ing-wen, during his Apple Daily interview, which was released in three parts on Tuesday.
He emphasized the US support for “meaningful dialogue” between the Chinese and Taiwanese administrations, while underlining Beijing’s coercive policies against the island nation it claims as part of its sovereignty.
According to the Chinese-language Apple Daily report, Christensen praised the Tsai administration’s efforts. This is a condensed version of the information.