Yang Jiechi, one of Xi’s top foreign policy officials and a member of the nation’s Communist Party, warned American leadership that controversial events in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet and the Uighurs’ homeland of Xinjiang were all issues for China alone to manage.
“They constitute a red line that must not be crossed,” Yang said, according to the South China Morning Post.
“Any trespassing would end up undermining China-U.S. relations and the United States’ own interests,” he continued. “We in China hope that the U.S. side will fully understand the sensitivity of these issues and handle them with prudence, so as to avoid disruption or damage to mutual trust and cooperation.”
Yang’s speech then went far beyond just a “red line” warning to America.
According to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yang warned U.S. leadership to “strictly abide by the one-China principle” on matters such as Taiwan.
Infamously used during the soft communist takeover of Hong Kong, the policy promised residents of the free city that they would maintain their culture and rights while benefiting from unfettered access to China’s massive infrastructure and economy.
The reality, it seems, is more along the lines of “one country, one policy.”
Shortly after the takeover of Hong Kong, China began arresting pro-democracy lawmakers and activists.
Many fear that the same promise could lure Taiwan into the communists’ sphere of control before being broken just as quickly as it was in Hong Kong. If diplomacy fails, Xi has made it clear that deadly military solutions are not off the table.
While the previous administration was no friend of China, Biden seems more apt to allow China to exert its claims over neighboring countries and territories.
This is an excerpt from The Western Journal.
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