Beijing seeks cordial ties with US, but will not waver from One China

China Chinese Ambassador Chen Chuandong
Chinese Ambassador Chen Chuandong. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Despite tensions with the US over last week’s visit by Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, China is keen to maintain cordial relations with Washington, Chinese Ambassador Chen Chuandong told Jordan News.اضافة اعلان

Ambassador Chen expressed his country’s condemnation of Pelosi’s visit, saying that it “violated the principle of One China and what was stated in the three joint communiques between China and the US”.

“The visit constitutes a serious shock to the political foundation of China-US relations, infringes on China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and seriously undermines peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” Chen stressed.

He said: “There is only One China in the world: Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory, and the government of the People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing all of China.”

The ambassador said that Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan “sends a dangerous message and is considered a reckless political provocation because it aims at destabilizing peace”.

Chen maintained that China may have to take “firmer and more forceful counter measures, if the US continues with these actions”.

“China never hesitates to take resolute measures to protect its security and stability,” he said. “China is prepared for all the events that may occur.”

 “Our duty is to preserve Chinese unity and maintain our security and stability,” he asserted. “The Chinese government preserves the sovereignty and integrity of the country at any cost; it is its legitimate right to take the decisions it deems appropriate to protect its land and its people.”

But he pointed out that the US remains highly skeptical of China because it regards Beijing’s economic growth a threat to Washington’s longstanding position as the world’s largest economy.

“China wishes to preserve its territorial integrity and maintain its security and stability, as well as establish a good relationship with the US,” Chen said in an interview at the premises of his embassy.

“These two matters are not contradictory,” he insisted. “Unfortunately, the US has the wrong perception that China poses a threat to it, especially in light of the development that China is witnessing.”

The envoy contended that in a recent phone call, US President Joe Biden told Chinese President Xi Jinping that “his country remains committed to its One China policy and does not support Taiwan’s independence.”

He claimed Biden also said the “US will not seek to contain China”. But he emphasized “we have to watch for real actions on the ground, not just words.”

“We do not accept double standards,” Chen asserted. “If the US believes in the importance of sovereignty and territorial integrity of a particular country, then it should apply that to all countries as well.”

White House spokesperson John Kirby, speaking in Washington on Friday, repeated assurances that the US had not changed its policy toward mainland China and the self-ruled island of Taiwan.

On Friday, China cut off key lines of communication with the US on vital issues, such as military matters and crucial cooperation on climate control.

The move raised concerns that China’s reaction to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan earlier in the week, signaled a bolder Chinese approach towards the neighboring island and the US.

China also launched military mock wars, sending missiles splashing down waters surrounding Taiwan. The exercises came immediately after Pelosi’s visit and were seen as a reaction to it and a show of force in the area.

The ambassador praised relations with Jordan. He said that China is ready to make joint efforts with Jordan to consolidate joint political trust and exchange support on issues related to each other’s core interests, enhance practical cooperation in all fields, and raise Sino-Jordanian relations to a new level.

“China and Jordan are strategic partners, and it has been 45 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between them,” Chen said.

“For 45 years, the Jordanian side has adhered to the One China principle and supported China’s stance and policy on the Taiwan issue, which the Chinese side highly appreciates,” he said.

“We believe that the Jordanian side will continue its commitment to the One China principle and work with the Chinese side to reject interference in the internal affairs of other countries, defend international justice and equity, and maintain peace and stability in the region and the world,” he concluded.

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