© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The Taiwanese flag can be seen at a square before national day celebrations in Taoyuan, Taiwan, October 8, 2021. REUTERS / Ann Wang / File Photo
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s foreign ministry on Tuesday criticized the United States for changing wording on its foreign ministry website about Taiwan, saying “political manipulation” would not succeed in changing status quo in the Taiwan Strait.
The section on the State Department’s website on Taiwan has removed language that does not support Taiwan independence and acknowledges Beijing’s position that Taiwan is part of China.
The Chinese government considers the democratically-ruled island to be inviolable Chinese territory.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing that there is only one China, Taiwan belongs to China and the People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing the whole country. .
In changing the leaflet on the Taiwan-US relationship, he added, the US is “playing tricks to hollow out” the one-China principle.
Zhao said such actions of “political manipulation” to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait would not succeed.
The word change appears to have occurred on May 5, the date at the top of the flyer, but it only gained wide attention in Chinese and Taiwanese media on Tuesday.
The State Department also added the wording of the Six Guarantees, referring to the six Reagan-era security guarantees given to Taiwan, which the United States declassified in 2020.
Among the assurances made in 1982, but previously not officially made public, were statements that the United States had not set a date to end arms sales to Taiwan, nor had agreed to prior consultations. with Beijing for such a sale, or to amend the Taiwan Relations Act. that underlies US policy towards the island.
China says that Taiwan is the most sensitive and import issue in its relationship with the United States.
Taiwan’s government rejects Beijing’s claim, saying only the island’s 23 million people can decide their future.