Chinese officials said Taiwan “is only responsible” if Russia sanctions Taiwan in the wake of weeks of heightened tensions.
China and Taiwan have long been in conflict over the issue of Taiwan’s status, and while China is considering parts of the country’s islands, many of Taiwan have regained independence. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has raised concerns that China may invade Taiwan.
Russia, which has been widely accused of aggression, released a list of “unfriendly” countries last week. Companies dealing with these countries will need the approval of the Russian government.
This list includes Taiwan, but not China, which is considered a close ally of Russia.
On Monday, reporters pressured China’s Foreign Ministry official Zhao Lijian on China’s view of including Taiwan and what the government would do if Russia took action against Taiwan.
“The answer is clear to everyone as to why Taiwan is on the list. If Taiwan is sanctioned, it is only responsible for itself,” he said.
Relations between China and Taiwan have been tense for the past few weeks. In a statement at the beginning of China’s parliamentary meeting, China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang emphasized the “one-China” principle that Taiwan is part of a unified China and also warns against foreign interference. did. In relation to Taiwan.
Meanwhile, China’s annual government report, published on the same day, promised to solve the “new era of Taiwan.”
At a press conference on Monday, Zhao again opposed Western intervention after reporters asked him about part of a U.S. budget banning the federal government’s use of maps that “inaccurately” portrayed Taiwan. did.
“Severe warning to the US: Playing the’Taiwan Card’is like playing with fire. It will not only put Taiwan in an unstable situation, but will also have unbearable consequences for the US,” he said. Said.
Still, Russia has not officially announced sanctions on Taiwan, even though it considers the island “unfriendly.” However, Taiwan announced in February that it would join other “democratic” countries to order sanctions against Russia after the invasion.
“We will condemn such aggression very severely and join the democracies to jointly impose sanctions,” Su Tseng-chang told reporters, according to Reuters.
Last week, Taiwan’s defense minister, Chiu Kuo-chen, said China did not move irregular troops near Taiwan, saying that Russia’s invasion affected relations in the Indo-Pacific, and that the war with China was “all.” It will be disastrous for the people in Taiwan, “he warned the press. “”
Newsweek On Monday morning, I asked the office of President Tsai Ing-wen for comment. This story will be updated if there is a reply.