CHINA Adherence to one-China principle is an insurance policy for peace and stability in Asia Pacific: Swedish scholar


Adherence to one-China principle is an insurance policy for peace and stability in Asia Pacific: Swedish scholar

By Yin Miao | People's Daily app

20:47, August 13, 2022

A view of Taipei in China's Taiwan region. (Photo: VCG)

Stockholm (People's Daily) The one-China principle has become a basic norm governing international relations and an integral part of the post-World War Two international order, said Hussein Askary, vice chairman of the Belt and Road Institute in Sweden, adding that adhering to the one-China principle is an insurance policy for peace and stability in Asia and the Pacific.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted on her provocative travel to Taiwan island, despite strong warnings from China and other nations that this trip was a serious infringement on China's national sovereignty. Washington experts warned that the trip would have unforeseeable consequences for Taiwan, for China-US relations, and for peace and stability across the Indo-Pacific region.

"The response from China, both militarily and diplomatically, was swift, harsh, and well-calculated," Hussein said, stressing that the message was an assertion of China's sovereignty over the island of Taiwan.

Air force and naval aviation corps of the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) fly planes at an unspecified location during military drills around island of Taiwan, Aug. 4, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)

Hussein pointed out that what these massive exercises indicated is that China was well-prepared, showing its capability to reunify Taiwan with Chinese mainland and China will try its best to take peaceful means to realize national reunification.

"The one-China principle is the key stabilizing force for peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and the three China-US joint communiques are the real guardrails for peaceful coexistence between China and the United States," Hussein said, quoting China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Hussein said the Pelosi visit represents a new flagrant breach of the global governance system as defined by the UN Charter and international law, adding that it is also a serious violation of the United Nations Charter, which provides in Article 2 that all UN members shall refrain in their international relations from violating the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the UN.

People in Taiwan held banners to protest against Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi's visit to China's Taiwan region, August 3, 2022. (Photo: CFP)

"In addition, a crisis in the Taiwan Strait and a new breakdown of supply chains on a global scale is not affordable for the world economy, including industrial and developing nations," Hussein said.

Hussein said that the Western powers, including NATO and the EU, have used terminology such as "responsibility to protect" to wage wars and invasions against weaker nations in violation of international law, but treating China and Russia in a similar manner will yield different results.

"There is no way the West can impose these new arbitrary rules on China and Russia without causing a major military confrontation where the use of conventional weapons is made obsolete. Only nuclear war will be decisive. But in this case, the existence of humanity as a whole will be at stake," he warned.

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