Building of Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US
“The Taiwan issue is the most important and sensitive issue at the core of US-China relations,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a press conference on September 13.
Zhao also confirmed that Beijing has received information that the US intends to allow Taiwan to change the name of its representative office in Washington.
Last weekend, the Financial Times According to sources familiar with the matter, President Joe Biden’s administration is “seriously considering” for Taiwan to change the name “Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office” to “Taiwan Representative Office”.
The information was revealed on the day of a one-and-a-half hour phone call between President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The White House and State Department have yet to confirm or deny the incident. However, China has decided to sound the warning first, according to Global Times.
“We have sent a diplomatic protest to the US on the issue raised by the media. The US should stop all forms of official exchanges or substantive upgrading of relations with Taiwan, including renaming the representative office and sending the wrong signals to Taiwanese separatists,” he said. Trieu Lap Kien Called September 13.
Zhao also warned the US should handle the Taiwan issue “with caution”, because it will affect Sino-US relations and “peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait”.
China considers Taiwan a province of its own and leaves open the possibility of reunification by force. The Beijing government also opposes countries establishing formal relations with Taiwan and pressuring or persuading countries to renounce recognition of this territory.
In order to maintain trade and travel activities with Taiwan, countries often allow the Taipei government to open economic and cultural offices.
Last month, Beijing reacted strongly when Lithuania – a small European country – agreed to let Taiwan rename this office to “Taiwan Representative Office”.
Global Times warned that if the US goes in this direction, Beijing may withdraw its ambassador in the US to protest.
Ni Feng, director of the Center for American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, argued that the US’s renaming of the office to Taiwan would mean abandoning the “One China” principle.
According to Ni, Beijing will see this move as the US placing the People’s Republic of China and the territory of Taiwan on an equal footing with the US as a country.
“There will be a very serious situation if that happens,” Global Times quote this expert warning.