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Published: 21:22, September 23, 2021 | Updated: 22:59, September 23, 2021
China opposes Taiwan region joining official agreement
By Xinhua
Published:21:22, September 23, 2021 Updated:22:59, September 23, 2021 By Xinhua

This undated file photo shows the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taipei. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

BEIJING - China firmly opposes official interactions between any country and the Taiwan region, and firmly rejects Taiwan's accession to any agreement or organization of official nature, a foreign ministry spokesperson said Thursday.

Spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the remarks when asked to comment on Taiwan's announcement of applying to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Wednesday.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the remarks when asked to comment on Taiwan's announcement of applying to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Noting there is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory, Zhao said that the one-China principle is a universally recognized norm governing international relations and the consensus of the international community.

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The mainland also resolutely opposes Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party seeking "independence" under the pretext of economic and trade activities.

Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said Thursday in response to a query about the DPP's application to join the CPTPP, saying that the one-China principle is the precondition for Taiwan's participation in regional economic cooperation.


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