By Jun Sheng
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s rogue visit to China’s Taiwan region in disregard of China’s strong opposition and stern representations is yet another dangerous provocation by the US to distort, obscure, and hollow out the one-China principle. It also fully exposes Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities’ pernicious intent of colluding with external forces, willingly serving as a pawn, and relying on the US to seek “Taiwan independence”.
In response, the PLA Eastern Theater Command has organized multi-service, multi-subject targeted exercises in the sea and airspace around the Taiwan Island, including maritime assaults, land attacks, and air operations, and fired precision-guided weapons in a grave deterrence to the collusion between Washington and Taiwan region.
The Taiwan Strait is facing a new round of tensions and severe challenges, and the fundamental cause is the repeated moves by Tsai Ing-wen and the DPP authorities and the US to change the status quo. Since coming into office, Tsai Ing-wen and the DPP authorities have persistently clung to their “Taiwan independence” stance for selfish purposes and gains. They refuse to recognize the 1992 Consensus, rampantly attack the “One Country, Two Systems” policy, go all out to push forward “de-sinicization”, and attempt to create "de jure Taiwan independence" through "constitutional reform". They intentionally create confrontations across the Taiwan Strait, hijack public opinions of the Taiwan compatriots, flame up populism, and spare no effort in suppressing the righteous forces and rational voices on the island calling for a peaceful development of the cross-Strait relations and peaceful reunification. They not only collude with external anti-China forces and carry out “Taiwan independence” separatist activities on the international stage regardless of peace in the Taiwan Strait and the safety of the Taiwan people, but also stubbornly promote Pelosi’s Taiwan rogue visit in an endeavor to provoke the Chinese mainland and stand against the Chinese nation. Their behaviors have seriously undermined the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, seriously endangered peace and stability across the Strait, and seriously harmed the common interests of the Chinese people living on both sides of the Strait and the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation. Tsai Ing-wen and the DPP authorities’ outrageous behaviors of going against the historical trend and colluding with external forces in the provocative pursuit for “Taiwan independence” are too numerous to record.
The “Taiwan independence” secessionist forces are a major obstacle to China’s reunification and rejuvenation. The reckless remarks by the die-hard “Taiwan independence” separatists once again expose their complete loss of mind and morality. They cannot fool the people, but will only see themselves slide further down to failure and push Taiwan into an abyss of disaster and misery. China now has a clear and solid legal basis for holding the “Taiwan independence” separatists criminally responsible, as the Constitution, the Anti-Secession Law, the National Security Law, and the Criminal Law have made definite provisions. The mills of justice grind slowly but surely. The “Taiwan independence” secessionist forces, which have so blatantly provoked national sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the dignity of the law, will be harshly punished by law.
The reunification of the country and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation are an irreversible historical trend. The motherland must be and will be reunified. This will not change no matter how the stubborn anti-China American forces attempt and plot otherwise, or how Tsai Ing-wen and other “Taiwan independence” separatist forces dream otherwise. Nothing they do will change the fact that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China. Nothing Pelosi and her ilk do to “bolster Taiwan and contain China” will block the historical process of China’s full reunification.
“Relying on the US” is a delusion and “seeking Taiwan independence” is a dead end. History has proven and will continue to prove that “Taiwan independence” separatist forces will never succeed, and anyone betraying the interests of the country and the nation will end up in a thorough fiasco. The only destiny for Tsai Ing-wen and the DPP authorities is to become America’s “abandoned chess pieces” and “cannon fodder” and be recorded in history as traitors and sinners of the Chinese nation.
The Taiwan question is at the very heart of China’s core interests. It concerns state sovereignty and territorial integrity. The series of targeted military operations carried out by the PLA around the Taiwan Island are part of our countermeasures to resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity, defeat the interference by external forces, and smash any secessionist attempt at “Taiwan independence”. Any countermeasure taken by China would be justified and necessary. No individual, force or country should hold any illusion of severing Taiwan from China. No individual, force or country should underestimate the Chinese people’s strong determination, firm will, and great capability to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity!