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China Tells the World, Hands Off Hong Kong and Taiwan

Aug. 20, 2019 (EIRNS)—Chinese government and media are drawing a red line on the issues of Hong Kong and Taiwan, which they describe as “core issues” related to Chinese sovereignty that they will not relinquish. On Aug. 19, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang stated that the planned U.S. sale of $2.2 billion in advanced military equipment to Taiwan “severely violates the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. Joint Communiqués, especially the August 17 Communiqué,” according to Xinhua. “China firmly opposes U.S. arms sales to Taiwan as it seriously interferes in China’s internal affairs and undermines China’s sovereignty and security interests,” Geng said. The spokesman said

“the Taiwan question concerns China’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and core interests. And China’s resolve to safeguard its sovereignty and security is firm. China urges the U.S. side to fully recognize the highly detrimental nature of the planned arms sales, and abide by the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. Joint Communiqués, said Geng. ‘China will take necessary steps to safeguard its interests according to any developments with this issue,’ he said,”

Xinhua reported yesterday.

Meanwhile a Global Times article again hit at the British hand behind the manipulated youth demonstrations in Hong Kong.

“Some of the participants went too far by asking the U.K. to ‘re-exercise the Treaty of Nanking and Treaty of Tientsin,’ which were two unjust treaties that the Qing Dynasty signed with the British Empire after the Opium War, that allowed Britain to colonize Hong Kong and start selling opium products to China....”

A China Daily editorial headlined “White House Playing Wrong Card in Its Risky Game with China,” warns that Beijing

“holds sovereignty over Taiwan to be a ‘core interest’ as well as a diplomatic redline in its relations with foreign countries.... Washington should stop its grave interference in China’s internal affairs ... otherwise China will have to take measures to safeguard its interests depending on how the situation develops.”

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