The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for meddling in diplomatic and trade relations with the United States.
According to the Taiwanese Taipei Times, the Foreign Ministry stepped up its criticism after statements by FBI Director Christopher Wray revealed the CCP’s intentions to hinder U.S. officials’ attempts to visit Taiwan.
On July 7, Wray, at an event at the Hudson Institute, made strong statements against the CCP, which he accused of being the greatest threat to U.S. information, intellectual property, and economic vitality due to its ongoing economic espionage activities.
“We’ve now reached the point where the FBI is opening a new China-related counterintelligence case about every 10 hours. Of the nearly 5,000 active FBI counterintelligence cases currently underway across the country, almost half are related to China [CCP],” Wray said.
Regarding the relationship with Taiwan, the FBI official provided an example to substantiate his concern. When a U.S. official plans to visit Taiwan, the CCP would respond, for example, by taking away a U.S. company’s license to manufacture products in China. Using some more subtle ways, the CCP is able to even approach people in the official’s entourage, to get them to influence the official.
Continuing his comments, Wray said the CCP also pressures U.S. media and sports giants to ignore or suppress criticism of the CCP’s ambitions for Taiwan or Hong Kong.
In order not to allow misinterpretations of his remarks, Wray, in the middle of his speech, clearly emphasized that his comments have nothing against the Chinese people, even admitting that the United States has improved thanks to the contributions made by Chinese citizens who reside in the United States or have resided in the past. So, when he talks about a “Chinese threat,” he is referring specifically to the Chinese Communist Party.
In response to the FBI director’s allegations, Taiwanese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou said, “The ministry strongly condemns Beijing’s ill-natured intervention in foreign governments’ interactions with Taiwan.” She also added, “China [the CCP] has used every possible means to suppress Taiwan and its friends on the global stage, which does not benefit cross-strait relations and intensifies Taiwanese dislike of China [the CCP].”
As reported by the Taipei Times Joanne Ou, called on the international community to condemn the CCP’s intention to subjugate Taiwan and to show sufficient moral courage to reject its irrational requests.