The PLA Daily issued a signed article entitled '《正告美方立即停止在台海的冒险挑衅行径》' (US must stop hazardous, provocative actions in Taiwan Strait) on July 18. The following is the full translated text of the article:
By Jun Sheng
Media reported on July 15 that a US military transport aircraft landed in Taiwan. Such an adventurous and provocative action has seriously undermined the political foundation of China-US relations and the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. It has further indicated the hypocrisy and duality of the US on major issues concerning China's core interests.
The spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense(MND) expressed grave concern about this and warned that any unauthorized intrusion of Chinese airspace by the US will cause serious consequences. The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is on high alert and will take all necessary measures to resolutely smash any "Taiwan independence" plot.
There is only one China in the world, Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory, and the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is the only legitimate government representing China. This is an internationally acknowledged fact and a basic norm of international relations.
The one-China principle is the political foundation of China-US relations and a prerequisite for the establishment and development of China-US diplomatic relations. The US should honor its words and must not use any excuse to misinterpret or deviate.
Not long ago, US National Security Council's Coordinator for Indo-Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell publicly stated that they do not support the so-called "Taiwan independence" and fully recognize and understand the sensitivities involved here. The words are still ringing in the ears, but the US had made such a bad move without strategic credibility at all, which will only further damage its international image.
The Taiwan question is purely China's internal affairs. China resolutely opposes any form of official exchanges and military connections between the US and Taiwan, resolutely opposes the policy of "using Taiwan to control China". China resolutely opposes Taiwan to rely on the US and resist reunification by the use of force.
Recently, the US has gradually endangered China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity by frequently playing the Taiwan card. Through means of arms sales to Taiwan, senators visiting Taiwan, and military aircraft landing in Taiwan, the US has conducted strategic probes and tactical harassment against the Chinese mainland, and paved the way for future collusion with Taiwan, which fully exposed its political calculations and sinister intentions to use Taiwan as a bargaining chip to contain China.
In this regard, China wants to warn the US that the Taiwan question concerns China's core interests and the national sentiments of the Chinese people, and there is no room for concessions, compromises or deals.
China will never allow anyone or any force to block China's reunification process or use the Taiwan question to interfere in China's internal affairs. The US action that harms China's core interests will surely be resolutely hit back by China, leading to serious consequences.
For a period of time, the US, to maintain global hegemony and self-interest, has caused alienation by spreading rumors and resorted to intimidation of force, threats of sanctions, and even fights. More and more people of insight in the international community have realized that the US is selling hypocritical democracy and human rights, discarding fairness and justice, and destroying peace and stability.
The US continuously stirs up troubles in the Taiwan Strait, sends wrong signals to the "Taiwan independence" forces, raises the risk factors across the strait, and pushes Taiwan into a dangerous situation, which undermines regional peace and stability and will only allow people to clearly see the true troublemaker face under the garb of the "Global Sheriff".
The historical and legal facts that Taiwan is part of China and that both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to China cannot be changed by anyone or any force. The historical trend of a strong country, national rejuvenation, and cross-strait reunification cannot be stopped by anyone or any force.
Resolving the Taiwan question and realizing China's complete reunification is the historic mission and unshakable commitment of the Communist Party of China(CPC), and the common aspiration of all Chinese people.
No one should underestimate the great resolve, the strong will, and the extraordinary ability of the Chinese people to defend their national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The PLA will take all necessary measures to crush any attempt to split Taiwan from China, and resolutely safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.