In a joint statement on the situation across the Taiwan Straits released on Wednesday, the G 7 foreign ministers and the European Union high representative for foreign affairs expressed concern over China's allegedly threatening actions, which they said risk unnecessary escalation and that they have clearly underestimated the magnitude of Beijing's wrath and risk escalating it. In response to a media inquiry about the statement, the spokesman for the Chinese Mission to the EU condemned it as fiendishness and effrontery Accusing Western powers of standing facts on their heads about the state of affairs over Taiwan, and made an explosive reference to the Eight-Nation Alliance that invaded China in 1900. He said that the G 7 plus 1 has eight parties. Do you think China is the China of the past? The present-day world is no longer a time when Western powers could act willfully. Such comments reflect Beijing's sensitivity to the matter, and the fact that the G 7 1 statement only focuses on the possible effects with no mention of the cause. There is a clear causal relationship that is critical for understanding both the current situation and Beijing's reaction to it.
The Taiwan question is an internal affair of China and brooks no external interference, as Beijing announced several times prior to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's provocative trip to Taiwan. As China's leadership said, it arises out of the weakness and chaos of the Chinese nation, and will be resolved with the country's development and national reunification. The three joint Sino-US communiques that serve as the bedrock of normal diplomatic ties stipulate in unequivocal terms that there can only be unofficial relations between the countries on the basis that Taiwan is recognized as part of one China.
Pelosi's visit to Taiwan was neither normal nor routine. It betrayed the letter and spirit of the US commitment. It has set a dangerous precedent. A parliamentary delegation from the United Kingdom will follow suit later this year, even though it comes as no real surprise given Western countries' obsequious subservience to Washington.
Pelosi has visited instead of serving her intention to show Beijing that its patience in seeking peaceful reunification will be tried, despite that serving the interests of the Chinese nation as a whole, including compatriots in Taiwan.
The Chinese spokesperson said that the joint statement's wording of the one-China policies is intended to hollow out the one-China principle, which is unambiguous: There is only one China, of which the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal representative, and Taiwan is part of China.
Before the G 7 1 asks China to exercise restraint, it had better stop provoking it in the first place.