Taiwan Accuses Chinese State-Run Media of Smearing Taipei’s Diplomatic Actions

Taiwan’s foreign ministry accused China’s state-run tabloid of defaming its minister’s diplomatic European visits by categorizing them as “dollar diplomacy” and “dividing Europe’s Chinese policy.” Joseph Wu, the Taiwanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, visited Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Belgium for about a week in late October. During the trip, Wu received a Foreign VIP Laureates medal from the Czech senate, and invited a committee of the European Parliament, the Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the European Union, including Disinformation, to visit Taiwan. The European lawmakers made their first official visit to Taiwan on Nov. 3. Chinese foreign ministry has called Wu a “Taiwan ‘independence separatist,'” and China’s state-run Global Times claimed Wu was “collud[ing] with external forces.” Taiwan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry published a statement on Oct. 29, which said that the Global Times smeared Wu’s visit without any fact nor evidence. “A state-run media fell to the level of only lying and publishing fake news. This really can only be done in the autocratic and totalitarian communist China,” the statement said. “Only the propaganda media of the Communist Party, which doesn’t respect democracy nor rule of law, has this kind of mindset.” Miloš Vystrčil, the President of the Czech Senate, presents a silver medal to Jau-shieh Joseph Wu, the Taiwanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Prague, Czech Republic on Oct. 27, 2021. (Supplied by Taiwan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry) The statement said that Wu’s European visit focused on the democracy and freedom that Taiwan shares with Europe, as well as promoting bilateral trade and industry co-development. The Beijing authorities have criticized any state that has ties with Taiwan as “interfering in China’s domestic affairs.” Wu, Taiwan Foreign Affairs Minister since February 2018, is frequently targeted by Beijing. The Chinese regime claims Taiwan as its own, despite the fact that Taiwan is a de facto independent country, with its own military, democratically-elected government, and constitution. In past decades, the Beijing regime has tried to block the Taiwanese government from joining international organizations including the World Health Organization. The Chinese regime also targeted the countries that have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Seven countries changed recognition from Taipei to Beijing from 2016 to 2019. At present, Taiwan has diplomatic relations with 15 countries globally including in the Pacific, Africa, and Latin America. Nicole Hao Follow Nicole Hao is a Washington-based reporter focused on China-related topics. Before joining the Epoch Media Group in July 2009, she worked as a global product manager for a railway business in Paris, France. More articles from this author

Taiwan Accuses Chinese State-Run Media of Smearing Taipei’s Diplomatic Actions

Taiwan’s foreign ministry accused China’s state-run tabloid of defaming its minister’s diplomatic European visits by categorizing them as “dollar diplomacy” and “dividing Europe’s Chinese policy.”

Joseph Wu, the Taiwanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, visited Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Belgium for about a week in late October.

During the trip, Wu received a Foreign VIP Laureates medal from the Czech senate, and invited a committee of the European Parliament, the Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the European Union, including Disinformation, to visit Taiwan.

The European lawmakers made their first official visit to Taiwan on Nov. 3.

Chinese foreign ministry has called Wu a “Taiwan ‘independence separatist,'” and China’s state-run Global Times claimed Wu was “collud[ing] with external forces.”

Taiwan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry published a statement on Oct. 29, which said that the Global Times smeared Wu’s visit without any fact nor evidence.

“A state-run media fell to the level of only lying and publishing fake news. This really can only be done in the autocratic and totalitarian communist China,” the statement said. “Only the propaganda media of the Communist Party, which doesn’t respect democracy nor rule of law, has this kind of mindset.”

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Miloš Vystrčil, the President of the Czech Senate, presents a silver medal to Jau-shieh Joseph Wu, the Taiwanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Prague, Czech Republic on Oct. 27, 2021. (Supplied by Taiwan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry)

The statement said that Wu’s European visit focused on the democracy and freedom that Taiwan shares with Europe, as well as promoting bilateral trade and industry co-development.

The Beijing authorities have criticized any state that has ties with Taiwan as “interfering in China’s domestic affairs.”

Wu, Taiwan Foreign Affairs Minister since February 2018, is frequently targeted by Beijing.

The Chinese regime claims Taiwan as its own, despite the fact that Taiwan is a de facto independent country, with its own military, democratically-elected government, and constitution.

In past decades, the Beijing regime has tried to block the Taiwanese government from joining international organizations including the World Health Organization.

The Chinese regime also targeted the countries that have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Seven countries changed recognition from Taipei to Beijing from 2016 to 2019.

At present, Taiwan has diplomatic relations with 15 countries globally including in the Pacific, Africa, and Latin America.


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Nicole Hao is a Washington-based reporter focused on China-related topics. Before joining the Epoch Media Group in July 2009, she worked as a global product manager for a railway business in Paris, France.