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Ambassador Zhang Ming Gave a Written Reply to MEPs to Expound China's Position on Taiwan-related Issues

Recently, Members of the European Parliament Mr. Reinhard Bütikofer and Ms. Maria Spyraki wrote a letter to Ambassador Zhang Ming, Head of the Chinese Mission to the European Union, expressing “concern” about China’s opposition to the planned visit to Taiwan, China by President of the Czech Senate. In his reply letters to the two MEPs, Ambassador Zhang Ming explained why they were wrong and spelt out China’s position on the Taiwan question.

Ambassador Zhang Ming pointed out that the Chinese Foreign Ministry and Chinese Embassy in Prague have stated China’s position on various occasions on the planned visit to Taiwan by President of the Czech Senate. Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory. Taiwan affairs are China’s internal affairs. The one-China principle, which is well recognized by the international community including the United Nations and the EU, is a prerequisite and political basis for the maintenance and development of friendship and cooperation between China and other countries. The principle is a major matter that concerns China’s core interests and the sentiments of the 1.4 billion Chinese people. China is categorically against any form of official contacts between Taiwan and countries with diplomatic ties with China. This position is consistent and clear-cut. It does not make any sense at all for any MEP to attempt to deliver his or her political duties by interfering in other countries’ internal affairs.

Ambassador Zhang Ming expressed the hope that, while the China-EU relations are in an important stage of development, MEPs could play a constructive role, follow the one-China principle in good faith, and refrain from sending any wrong signal to those seeking “Taiwan independence”.

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