Chinese state media Libelle Taipei’s diplomatic behavior


Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry has accused China’s state-run tabloid of defaming the minister’s diplomatic visit to Europe by classifying it into “monetary diplomacy” and “dividing Europe’s Chinese policy.”

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu visited Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Belgium for about a week in late October. The three countries have diplomatic relations with China, and Taipei has an economic and cultural representative office.

During the trip, Wu received a foreign VIP award medal from the Czech Senate and set up a committee of the European Parliament, a special committee on foreign interference in all European Union democratic processes, including disinformation, in early November in Taiwan. I succeeded in inviting. ..

Disliked Taiwan’s diplomatic success, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the state-owned Global Times publicly called Wu a Taiwan independence activist. The Global Times even falsely reported on October 27 about Wu’s trip to Europe.

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Czech Senate Chairman Milos Vystrutil presented a silver medal to Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Wu Yan on October 27, 2021 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan)

Taiwan statement

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said on October 29 that the Global Times released Wu’s visit by reporting it as “financial diplomacy” and “division of European Chinese policy” without “facts” or “evidence.” Made a statement.

“The state media has fallen to the point of lying and publishing fake news. This can only be done in truly dictatorial and totalitarian communist China,” the statement said. “Only Communist propaganda agents who do not respect democracy or the rule of law have this kind of thinking.”

The statement revealed that Wu’s visit to Europe focused on emphasizing the democracy and freedom that Taiwan shares with Europe and promoting bilateral trade and industrial co-development.

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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen will meet with a delegation of the European Parliament in Taipei, Taiwan on November 4, 2021. (Provided by Taiwan Cheong Wa Dae)

Beijing anger

Beijing officials have always been angry with the Taipei government’s diplomatic activities, criticizing Taiwan-friendly countries as “interfering with China’s internal affairs and undermining regional peace and stability.”

Wu, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister since February 2018, has been frequently targeted in Beijing. Witnessing Wu’s success seems to have infuriated the Chinese administration.

Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, chose negative words to explain Wu and the Taiwanese government on October 26. Relations with countries that have diplomatic relations with China. “

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The Taiwan Air Force F-16 in the foreground will fly beside the PLAAF H-6 bomber as it passes near Taiwan on February 10, 2020. (Republic of China (ROC) Department of State) Defense by AP)

The Chinese administration claims that Taiwan is a virtually independent country, despite having its own military power, a democratically elected government, and a constitution.

Over the past few decades, the Beijing administration has done its best to prevent the Taiwanese government from attending international organizations, including the World Health Organization, and attending international conferences, including the United Nations.

The Chinese administration has also targeted countries that have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. It used a large investment as bait and persuaded seven countries to switch the knot from Taipei to Beijing from 2016 to 2019.

Beijing’s current goal is the Vatican, Taiwan’s only developed country with diplomatic relations.

Currently, Taiwan has diplomatic relations with 15 countries around the world, including the Pacific Ocean, Africa and Latin America.

Nicole Hao

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Nicole Hao is a Washington-based reporter focused on topics related to China. Prior to joining the Epoch Media Group in July 2009, he worked as a global product manager for the railway business in Paris, France.

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