China slams Taiwan over foreign minister’s comments in CBC interview

A spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry accused Taiwan of “clumsy political manipulation” and “grandstanding” after Taiwan’s foreign minister gave an interview to CBC News which called on other democracies to support Taiwan publicly in the face of an increasingly hostile Beijing.

“Under the guise of so-called democracy and freedom, the Taiwan authorities have repeatedly taken advantage of Hong Kong affairs to maliciously slander and denigrate the mainland,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian in a press conference Wednesday.

“It’s real purpose is to disrupt Hong Kong and seek ‘Taiwan independence.’ Its clumsy political manipulation for grandstanding will not succeed, and will only invite humiliation on itself.”

In an exclusive Canadian interview broadcast Monday, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told CBC News Network’s Power & Politics that Taiwan looks at the dismantling of freedoms in Hong Kong as a sign of Chinese expansionism.

“If you look at the Chinese actions, it doesn’t stop in Hong Kong. Look at Chinese military activities in the East China Sea and Taiwan Strait and South China Sea. What we see is an authoritarian regime trying to expand its influence beyond the first island chain,” Wu told host David Common. “In the Chinese expansion, Taiwan stands on the front line.”

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