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The Chinese Foreign Minister assessed the situation in the Taiwan Strait.

The Chinese Foreign Minister assessed the situation in the Taiwan Strait.

The situation in the Taiwan Strait is stable, but problems remain related to separatist activities and external interference,  Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

“The situation in the Taiwan Strait is currently generally stable, but there are also serious challenges. Among them, the greatest problems are related to the separatist activities of pro-Taiwan independence forces, as well as the interference of external forces,” Wang Yi said in an interview with the Qatari newspaper Peninsula , the text of which was published on the website of the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday.

He added that “if we want to maintain peace in the Taiwan Strait, it is necessary to resolutely oppose Taiwan’s independence.”

“Some countries have repeatedly called for maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait region, but behind their backs they have been increasing the supply of weapons and equipment to the pro-Taiwan independence separatists. Such actions can only increase the risk of conflict and confrontation, as well as pose a serious threat to peace and stability in Taiwan Strait and in the region,” he added.

In early April, US President Joe Biden, during a telephone conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping, said that the United States does not seek to wage a “new Cold War,” change the Chinese system, or strengthen alliances against China. He also said that Washington does not support Taiwanese independence.

Biden signed the Foreign Allies Assistance Act into law this week, removing the last legal obstacle to resuming U.S. arms shipments there. After six months of debate, the project, which generally corresponded to the requests of the White House, was adopted by the House of Representatives and approved by the Senate. In addition to Ukraine, it includes additional funding for Israel and US allies in the Indo-Pacific region, including Taiwan.

Official relations between the central government of China and its island province were interrupted in 1949 after the Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek, defeated in the civil war with the Chinese Communist Party, moved to Taiwan. Business and informal contacts between the island and mainland China resumed in the late 1980s. Since the early 1990s, the parties began to contact through non-governmental organizations – the Beijing Association for the Development of Relations across the Taiwan Strait and the Taipei Cross-Strait Exchange Foundation.