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China reacted with drastic measures to Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit. Military maneuvers off the island continued on Tuesday, although they were officially scheduled to end at noon on Sunday. The reactions turned out so fierce in the last days because China is afraid of a softening of the One-China principle, analyzes Christiane Kuehl. Taiwan’s representative in Germany recently said in an interview with China.Table that China could be the “one China” if Taiwan could simply be Taiwan. Such statements are met with great opposition in Beijing. Because from their perspective, Taiwan belongs to China. Whoever has a different opinion is considered a hostile force in Beijing’s eyes.
Beijing is therefore watching any movement or even assumed action by the US on the Taiwan issue extremely critically. For China, the Pelosi visit has been the straw that broke the camel’s back. In all of this, however, it should not be forgotten that China could also use this crisis to create new facts. The situation remains very vague for now: When will Beijing end its military drills? Will there be further measures such as sanctions? And at what point will Beijing go too far and force the US to react? At China.Table, we very much hope that the crisis will soon come to a peaceful end.
We use laptops “Made in China” and smartphones from Chinese brands. But what about buying a car from the People’s Republic? Last year, almost 70 percent of the respondents in a Table.Media survey could not imagine doing so. “Build your Dreams” (BYD) is not deterred by such figures. Starting this fall, BYD plans to sell its first models in Germany. So far, the expansion into Europe has been proceeding in rather small steps. BYD is still looking for sales partners and will not be selling large quantities in the EU soon. However, should the market entry succeed despite all hurdles, the company could develop into a “global player” with certain strengths, as Christian Domke Seidel reports.
China’s perspective: The limit of the tolerable has been crossed
China’s diplomats sometimes speak quite a different language. The ambassador to France, Lu Shaye, who appears radical even among brisk wolf warriors, announced twice in recent days that the Taiwanese, misguided by the US and their government, would first have to be re-educated after a conquest: “I’m sure that as long as they are re-educated, the Taiwanese public will once again become patriots.”
Ambassador to the US, Qin Gang, a former spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, on the other hand, tried to explain the Chinese position on Taiwan, including historical references. For this, he chose the Washington Post newspaper, where Nancy Pelosi’s rationale for her Taiwan trip had appeared a few days earlier. “In 1943, the leaders of China, the United States, and Britain issued the Cairo Declaration, which clearly stated that all the territories Japan had stolen from the Chinese, including Taiwan, should be returned to China,” Qin wrote. “The Potsdam Declaration of 1945 affirmed that the terms defined in the Cairo Declaration would be carried out.” The statements are true, but that was all a long time ago. However, China often uses history to explain sovereignty matters, for example in the South China Sea.
Qin then turns the page to 1971 and thus to events that are definitely still applicable today. The “Republic of China” lost its seat at the United Nations through Resolution 2758. “Resolution 2758 of the United Nations General Assembly in 1971 recognized that the representatives of the government of the People’s Republic of China were the only lawful representatives of China to the United Nations,” the ambassador said.