Beijing has insisted German officials’ latest trip to the island will send the ‘wrong signals’
The Chinese government has condemned a recent visit to Taiwan by German lawmakers, urging Berlin to cease all contact with “separatist” forces while reiterating that the island is part of Chinese territory. The delegation arrived in Taipei just a day after Beijing updated its constitution to explicitly exclude Taiwan independence.
In a statement quoted by the DPA news agency on Tuesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry called on German officials to “immediately cease their interaction with the pro-independence separatist forces in Taiwan”, adding that these meetings send the “false signals” in Taipei.
Peter Heidt of the Liberal Democratic Party (FDP) led the six-member German delegation, which arrived in Taiwan on Sunday and later met with President Tsai Ing-wen.
“I would like to reiterate from the German perspective that the status quo of the Taiwan Strait can only be changed peacefully and by mutual consent,” he added. Heidt said during the visit, calling for “to continue to develop our good commercial relations and to continue to work together more closely in the field of science, and, above all, to remain in close contact at the political level.”
Taiwanese officials were not at all receptive to Beijing’s latest comments, with Hung-Lu Chang, chairman of the Taiwan-Germany Parliamentary Friendship Association, dismissing the statement as “without meaning.”
“Taiwan is a sovereign state. Parliamentary exchange with other countries is perfectly justified. They come to Taiwan because they are in favor of us,” he added, quoted by DPA.
The Berlin visit came less than a day after China’s ruling Communist Party held its 20th National Congress, where party members voted to change China’s constitution to include clear opposition to Taiwan independence. Although President Xi Jinping has said that Beijing is seeking “peaceful reunification” with the island, he said “the use of force” against separatist elements and outside forces was still on the table if necessary.
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Tensions between Beijing and Taipei have skyrocketed in recent months, with hostilities peaking in August after a high-profile visit to Taiwan by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. China responded with an unprecedented series of military exercises around the island’s waters and airspace, including large-scale drills “blockade.”
Officially referring to itself as the Republic of China, Taiwan has been self-governing since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, although it never gained independence from the mainland and few countries, including Germany , recognize it as a sovereign nation. .
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