Taiwan tells China to ‘back off’ in marine boundary standoff

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu speaks during a press conference in Taipei on November 22, 2019. (AFP)

Taiwan on Tuesday demanded that China “back off” and accused it of threatening peace, after a Beijing official rejected a largely respected marine boundary following recent incursions.

Foreign minister Joseph Wu urged Beijing to “return to the civilized international standards” after a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said there was no so-called median line in the Taiwan Strait “as Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chinese territory.”

Wu told reporters: “The median line has been a symbol of preventing military conflicts and maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait for many years. The Chinese foreign ministry’s comment is equivalent of destroying the status quo.”

“I call on the international community to condemn the CCP for its dangerous and provocative words and deeds threatening peace... China must back off,” he added in a tweet.

For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

China considers Taiwan part of its territory, to be absorbed into the mainland, by force if necessary, even though it has been self-ruled for more than seven decades.

Beijing has ratcheted up pressure on the democratic island since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen, who rejects its view that Taiwan is part of “one China.”

Read more:

Taiwan says it has right to counter attacks amid China ‘harassment’

Taiwan pledges deeper US ties as Chinese jets harry island

Taiwan will greet US media expelled from China with ‘open arm’: FM

Last year, Taiwan accused China of violating a long-held tacit agreement after its fighter jets – for the first time in years – crossed the median line of the waters that separate the two sides.

Washington’s increased outreach to Taiwan under President Donald Trump has become yet another flashpoint with Beijing, as the US and China clash over a range of trade and security issues, as well as the coronavirus pandemic.

In recent months Taiwan has reported a sharp rise in incursions by Chinese warplanes into its air defense identification zone (ADIZ).

SHOW MORE
Last Update: Tuesday, 22 September 2020 KSA 16:47 - GMT 13:47
Top