No country is exempt from one-China principle, says Beijing

Foreign minister Wang Yi tells French counterpart the principle is basis for ties with Beijing

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 December, 2016, 12:31pm
UPDATED : Friday, 16 December, 2016, 11:11pm

The one-China principle is the basis for developing ties with Beijing and no country can be an exception to this rule, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his French counterpart.

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Speaking with France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Wang said the Taiwan issue concerned China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, China’s Foreign Ministry reported late on Thursday.

“The one-China principle is the prerequisite and basis for other countries to develop their relations with China and that when it comes to this vital issue of right or wrong, no country can be an exception,” the statement cited Wang as saying.

Wang said he appreciated Ayrault’s clear stance on the “one China” issue.

Beijing regards Taiwan as a renegade province and has never renounced the use of force to bring it under its control. China considers Taiwan independence a red line issue.

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Ayrault was quoted by the Xinhua news agency as saying that the relations between China and France were based on mutual trust and mutual benefit and that the one-China principle was related to international and regional peace and stability, to which France attached great importance and would continue to play a positive role on the matter.

The two sides also exchanged views on deepening cooperation in the field of nuclear energy, Xinhua reported.