As China criticises the G7, Democratic Taiwan welcomes the name-check

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As China criticises the G7, Democratic Taiwan welcomes the name-check
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, and other world leaders attend a working session at the G7 Conference in Cornwall, UK, June 12, 2021.

Taiwan’s democratic government welcomed its inclusion in the G7 communique following the leadership summit in the United Kingdom on Monday, interpreting the move as a sign of “unwavering support” in the face of China’s efforts to isolate it.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen thanked the leaders of the G7, which includes the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, and Italy, for calling for peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, the body of water that separates China from the island nation, which has never been ruled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and has never been a part of the People’s Republic of China.

“I would like to thank the G7 members and EU leaders for their unwavering support for Taiwan,” Tsai said in a Facebook statement.

“These developments demonstrate once again that the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait is not just a matter between the two sides, but… the key to preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” she wrote.

“We must continue to fight the pandemic and… firmly maintain our belief in freedom and democracy,” Tsai said.

According to Presidential Office spokesman Xavier Chang, Taiwan “sincerely welcomes” the G7 member-states’ support in the communique issued on Sunday, which stated: “We underscore the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and encourage the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues.”

“We remain deeply concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas and strongly oppose any unilateral attempts to change the status quo and heighten tensions,” the communique stated.

According to Taiwan’s Central News Agency, this was the G7’s first mention of Taiwan since its predecessor, the G6, was established in 1975. (CNA).

“Tensions have recently risen as a result of China’s provocative military manoeuvres in the region, as well as Taiwan’s efforts to deepen ties with the US and assert its sovereignty,” according to the CNA report.

The communique also chastised China for human rights violations in Xinjiang, as well as a crackdown on political opposition and peaceful dissent in Hong Kong under a national security law imposed by Beijing.

According to a senior US official, the G7 leaders agreed on the importance of taking a common stance on Beijing’s human rights violations as well as trade disputes, with a focus on a rules-based international order and transparency.

According to a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in London, global decisions should not be “dictated” by a small group of countries.

“There is only one system and one order in the world. That is, the international system with the United Nations at its core and the international order based on international law, not the so-called system and order advocated by a handful of countries,” the embassy spokesman said in a statement posted on the embassy’s website.

The G7 summit was characterised as “pseudo-multilateralism serving the interests of a small clique or political bloc.”

Taiwan’s 24 million people have consistently been denied representation in global organisations at the request of the CCP, which has increased both military rhetoric and military incursions since Tsai’s re-election in 2020.

The G7 communiqué is consistent with US policy, as stated by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on April 30, which is that Washington opposes any unilateral action that would change the status quo in Taiwan.

Since taking office in January 2021, President Joe Biden’s administration has reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to defending Taiwan in the face of ongoing incursions by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ).

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