Taiwan has retaliated after mainland officials said the island should not join a major trade pact with 11 nations in the Asia-Pacific region, claiming that Beijing has no say. China has already applied for membership in the bloc.
The Taiwanese Foreign Ministry responded to the Chinese officials in a dry wording statement on Thursday, insists on it “Taiwan is Taiwan and is not part of the People’s Republic of China” -Directly challenges Beijing’s One-China policy, which considers the island to be a province in the country in revolt.
“The People’s Republic of China has not ruled Taiwan for 24 hours and has no right to represent the people of Taiwan internationally; only Taiwan’s democratically elected government can participate in international organizations and regional economic and trade mechanisms for Taiwan’s 23.5 million people,“Admitted the ministry.
The statement comes a day after the Chinese Foreign Ministry said it opposed Taiwan’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a major regional trade bloc that emerged from the original TPP proposal being negotiated. between world powers 2016 Beijing argued that the island would not enter into any “official treaty or organization” on its own, including but not limited to the CPTPP – which China itself applied to join earlier this month.
Taipei, however, has rejected that position, with the ministry “The Chinese government has no right to speak on our behalf” and should “Deeply introspect yourself and stop being enemies of the Taiwanese people.”
The Chinese government only wants to bully Taiwan in the international community and is an arch-criminal for the increase in hostility across the strait
While the first TPP agreement went through, the expanded CPTPP Pact 2018 pushed through 11 countries, including Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan and New Zealand. In total, the block represents almost half a billion consumers and accounts for 13.3% of world GDP.
Earlier on Thursday, Taiwan also claimed that about two dozen Chinese warplanes entered the island’s air defense zone, including two nuclear-capable ships. While 19 planes were originally reported, Taipei finally suggested that up to 24 may have passed its declared territory. The incident followed a similar report infringement last week around the same area – a flyover with 10 People’s Liberation Army warplanes. Taiwan condemned the operation as another attempt “scare” the island.