Ambassador Qin Gang Accepts Joint Interview with US Mainstream Media

  On August 16, Ambassador Qin Gang gave interviews to Reuters, The Associated Press, Bloomberg, NPR, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Hill, POLITICO in Washington , AXIOS, "Defense No. 1" and other mainstream American media conducted joint interviews, and answered questions from reporters on Sino-US relations, Taiwan issues, Hong Kong-related issues, and Chinese diplomacy.

Ambassador Qin's opening remarks in the interview are as follows:

  I believe that everyone who came here today is highly concerned about one issue, that is, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blatantly visited Taiwan region of China under the connivance and arrangement of the US government in disregard of China's firm opposition and repeated representations.

This seriously violates the one-China principle, seriously violates China's sovereignty, seriously interferes in China's internal affairs, seriously violates the commitments made by the US side, and seriously jeopardizes the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait.

It turned out to be a downright political provocation and farce.

China strongly condemns and firmly opposes it, and has fully expressed its position and taken countermeasures.

But now some people in the United States not only do not admit or correct their mistakes, but also try to reverse black and white, reverse the narrative, and pour dirty water on China.

Therefore, it is necessary for me to clarify the facts and truths of some of the US's claims.

  The US claims that China is escalating the situation, overreacting, and using Pei's visit as an "excuse" to create a new normal.

But the most basic fact is that the US first provoked China on the Taiwan issue and blatantly violated China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In order to avoid this crisis imposed on China, the Chinese side has made the utmost diplomatic efforts.

We have repeatedly expressed China's firm opposition at different levels and through various channels, and warned that if the US insists on visiting Taiwan, it will have very serious consequences, and China will definitely respond firmly and forcefully.

Regrettably, the U.S. side could not listen.

  China's position is justified, reasonable and legal, China's measures are firm, forceful and appropriate, and China's military drills are open, transparent and professional, in line with domestic law, international law and international practice.

China maintains territorial integrity and opposes the division of the country, which is legitimate and justifiable, and does not need any "excuse" at all!

The US should not be surprised.

If we want to make excuses, why do we do our best and do everything possible to stop it?

  The US claims that China's pursuit of reunification is a "threat" to Taiwan, and the mainland is changing the "status quo".

But the most basic fact is that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory, and the Taiwan issue is entirely China's internal affairs.

The "status quo" of the Taiwan Strait issue is that there is only one China in the world, and both sides of the Strait belong to the same China.

Although the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have not yet been fully unified, China's sovereignty and territorial integrity have never been divided, and the fact that the mainland and Taiwan belong to the same China has never changed.

Taiwan has never been a country!

The Chinese Constitution and relevant laws clearly state that Taiwan is part of China.

The "Cairo Declaration" states that the territory stolen from China, including Taiwan, will be returned to China, and the "Potsdam Proclamation" reiterates that "the conditions of the Cairo Declaration will be implemented."

Resolution 2758 of the UN General Assembly in 1971 completely resolved the issue of the representation of the whole of China, including Taiwan, in the UN politically, legally and procedurally.

  So who is changing the "status quo"?

Not the Chinese side, but precisely the "Taiwan independence" separatist forces and the US side.

The Tsai Ing-wen authorities are extremely deceptive and deceptive, repeatedly "relying on the United States to seek independence" and promoting "progressive Taiwan independence". They do not recognize the "1992 Consensus" and engage in "de-Sinicization" in an attempt to cut off the history, Cultural ties, erasing the identity of the Chinese in Taiwan, provoking cross-strait confrontation.

The U.S. side is trying to "use Taiwan to control China", constantly distorting and hollowing out the one-China principle, and stuffing the "Taiwan Relations Act" and "Six Assurances to Taiwan" into the one-China policy and other unilaterally concocted private goods by the U.S. side China has resolutely opposed it from the very beginning. The United States has also strengthened official exchanges between the United States and Taiwan, sold weapons to Taiwan on many occasions, and even openly clamored for armed assistance in defense of Taiwan, supporting the "Taiwan independence" separatist activities.

  National unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity are the simplest feelings and minimum requirements of any country's citizens.

America's oath of allegiance includes "the kingdom under God shall not be divided."

But can China be divided?

Can more than 1.4 billion Chinese people accept it?

  The one-China principle is the political foundation of China-US relations, the core essence of the three Sino-US joint communiqués, and the premise and foundation for the establishment and development of diplomatic relations between China and the US.

  President Biden has repeatedly stated that the one-China policy of the United States has not changed, and the United States does not support Taiwan's "independence".

Then the US will do what it says.

  We are currently dealing with the serious consequences of Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.

It is hoped that the U.S. side will learn a profound lesson from it, earnestly abide by the one-China principle and the three Sino-U.S. joint communiqués, and stop underestimating the determination, will and ability of the Chinese government and people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and stop making rhetoric and words and deeds that further aggravate tensions. , to stop "using Taiwan to control China", and do not let the "Taiwan independence" separatist forces go further and further down the dangerous road.