‘We have to fight’: Chinese state media criticizes US on Taiwan, Hong Kong
China’s state-run Global Times newspaper has criticized US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Taiwan as part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on Monday, saying he “has no right to claim the right of self-defense.”
The newspaper wrote in an editorial that Taiwan has been part of China for thousands of years, and should never be recognized as a sovereign nation.
China claims Taiwan as its own, but Taiwan says it is part of its territory and the US considers it a part of a foreign country.
“We have a right to defend ourselves from the United States,” the newspaper wrote.
“Trump has no right … to claim that Taiwan is his sovereign territory.”
The comments came as Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping were scheduled to meet in Washington for talks on improving trade relations.
Trump has called the island a “territory” of China, a position Beijing denies.
The two leaders have also vowed to work to resolve a territorial dispute that has pitted Beijing against Taiwan’s ruling Communist Party.
“This is a very delicate situation and we will continue to work very hard on this,” Trump told reporters on Friday.
“There is no question of a unilateral recognition of a country’s sovereignty.
There is no issue of sovereignty by the United State of America.”
The remarks drew condemnation from Chinese media outlets, and Trump’s top diplomat, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, said the US remains committed to working closely with China on the dispute.
“I think it is important for the president to recognize Taiwan as a state,” Nauert told reporters.
“And I think it’s important for him to also recognize that the United Nations has said that the People-China border should be respected.”
In response to Trump’s comments, a spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office in the White House, Peter Cook, told AFP news agency the US government would continue to strongly oppose any unilateral recognition.
The US and Taiwan have been at odds for decades over Taiwan, which Beijing claims as part, but never formally claims, of China’s territory.
The island has been under Chinese control since the communists took power in 1949.
China says Taiwan has no historical ties to the mainland and has never recognized the Chinese claims to it.
The United States and the PRC have held talks on how to resolve the dispute, and Beijing is keen to resume normal relations with the US and its allies.
“Taiwan is a strategic interest for both the United Kingdom and China and has important regional, economic and political implications for the whole world,” Cook said.