US ‘salami tactics’ undermine commitments: Chinese Embassy in UK
The United States, not China, is seeking to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, the Chinese Embassy in London said in a statement contradicting G7 claims.
A statement by G7 foreign ministers last week warned Beijing against trying to “unilaterally change the status quo by force in the region”.
The one-China policy is at the heart of China’s diplomatic relations with the rest of the world. It explicitly states that Taiwan and mainland China are one indivisible country.
Beijing therefore reacted angrily to a visit by US President Nancy Pelosi to Taipei, the island’s main city. He said the trip, which took place despite warnings, is part of ongoing efforts to undermine the one-China policy.
“We will not allow the United States to continue to use salami tactics to encroach on, obscure and void the one China principle. We will not allow the United States to use any pretext or excuse to incrementally change the status quo,” the embassy said. .
The embassy said China’s response to the visit – including large-scale military exercises around the island – is “justified, reasonable and legal”.
“Our measures are firm, strong and proportionate,” the statement continued. China says a reaction was needed to ensure that separatist forces do not threaten the peace and stability of the region.