[Commentary] The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Verbal Opposition to the U.S. Senator’s Visit to Taiwan Is Not Drastic Enough

New York MOS Fitness Group Jack Li

On June 6, three U.S. senators made a high-profile visit to Taiwan on a military aircraft and met with Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Republic of China. This was the highest-profile visit since the break in U.S.-Taiwan relations. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wenbin Wang expressed his displeasure during a regular press conference. However, his comments were not seen as violent.

At a regular press conference on June 7, Wenbin Wang stated “the visit of the relevant members of the U.S. Congress to Taiwan and their meeting with the Taiwanese leaders is a serious violation of the One-China policy and the Three Joint Communiqués. China resolutely opposes this and has lodged solemn representations against the U.S. We urge the U.S. to put into practice its statement of adherence to the “One-China” policy, to effectively abide by the One-China policy and the provisions of the three Sino-U.S. Joint communiqués, to immediately stop any form of official contacts with Taiwan, to handle the Taiwan issue with prudence, and to refrain from sending any wrong signals to the forces of Taiwan independence movement so as not to cause further serious damage to Sino-U.S. relations and the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait.” Wenbin Wang only brought up the matter at a regular press conference, and apparently, he did so as a matter of routine, not as a big deal.

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The Taiwan Relations Act came into effect on January 1, 1979, and in the late 1990s, the U.S. Congress passed a non-binding resolution stating that the relationship between Taiwan and the United States would be respected as a result of the Taiwan Relations Act. This resolution, signed by President Bill Clinton, meant that the U.S. government valued the Taiwan Relations Act more than the Three Joint Communiqués, as the U.S. Congress repeatedly reaffirmed the importance of the Taiwan Relations Act.

In one communiqué dated August 17, 1982, the United States agreed to reduce arms sales to Taiwan. However, as part of its 1982 “Six Assurances” to the Republic of China, it also stated that it would not formally recognize China’s sovereignty over Taiwan and formulated a memorandum explaining that the arms sales portion of the communiqué would be adjusted in light of Taiwan Strait relations.

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