China’s denial of median line breaks status quo: Foreign minister

  • 22 September, 2020
  • Shirley Lin
China’s denial of median line breaks status quo: Foreign minister
Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (Photo by RTI Reporter Zhaokun Wang)

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu on Tuesday condemned Beijing for breaking the status quo after it denied the existence of a median line in the Taiwan Strait. Wu was responding to a statement made by China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin a day earlier. Wang said the median line does not exist because Taiwan is part of China’s territory.

Wu said it is a fact that the Republic of China, Taiwan’s official name, is a sovereign country whose government has jurisdiction over its territory. Wu said for many years, the median line of the Taiwan Strait has served as a symbol for maintaining peace and stability and for avoiding military conflict between the two sides.

Wu said Beijing is destroying the status quo just as it has destroyed the “one country, two systems” principle in Hong Kong by establishing a new national security law.

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s foreign ministry called for China to stop its expansionism and abide by international standards. The ministry also demanded that Beijing stop using the “One China policy” as an excuse for its military expansion.

Premier Su Tseng-chang also made similar remarks at the Legislature on Tuesday. Su said Taiwan is a sovereign country and works hard to maintain regional peace. The premier said the Chinese military has crossed the median line, or entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), on multiple occasions. Su said he hopes that China as a superpower should take responsibility for its actions.

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