Reuters reported that the Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi (王毅) said on Monday, March 7, that there is a “blatant double standard” to the issue of Taiwan and Ukraine because Taiwan is part of China and is entirely a domestic matter.
The South China Morning Post wrote that during his annual briefing with foreign media in Beijing, Wang Yi said it was a “blatant double standard if some respect the sovereignty of Ukraine but repeatedly harm China’s sovereignty over Taiwan.”
The Chinese government insists that Taiwan is an inseparable part of the Mainland. However, Taiwan’s government says the People’s Republic of China has never controlled the island, and only the Taiwanese people can decide their future.
Speaking at a news conference on the sidelines of China’s annual parliament meeting, Wang said Taiwan caused tensions at Taiwan Strait because the island government refused to accept they were part of China. He added that this would ruin Taiwan’s future.
On the opposite side, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said that China’s military threats, diplomatic pressure, and island violation were the real cause of tensions.
MAC added that it also shows why China is unwilling to condemn Russia’s aggression or call Russia’s attack and invasion.
After years of civil war, in 1949, the Chinese Communist Party forces defeated the Kuomintang (KMT) in the Mainland. Chiang Kai-shek and his KMT followers fled to Taiwan to defend their Republic of China. Since then, Taiwan has not agreed to unify with the CCP’s government.