Taiwan Condemns ‘Despicable’ Sino-Russian Partnership Timing | Political news

Taipei says Russia’s declaration ahead of the Winter Olympics that the island is part of China is increasing people’s “disgust” at Beijing’s “arrogance and intimidation”.

Taiwan on Saturday called the timing of the “limitless” partnership between China and Russia at the start of the Winter Olympics “despicable”, saying the Chinese government was shaming the spirit of the Games.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin met hours before the official opening of the Winter Olympics on Friday evening and said they stood with each other in the face of Ukraine and Taiwan with the promise of collaborate more against the West.

Russia expressed support for China’s position that democratically governed Taiwan is an inalienable part of China, and its opposition to any form of independence for the island.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry said China’s persistent false claims that the island was part of the People’s Republic of China were identical to the country’s habit of spreading fake news.

“This not only increases the Taiwanese people’s disgust and hatred for the Chinese government’s arrogance and intimidation, but also clearly shows all countries in the world the grim face of aggression, expansionism and destruction of the peace of the Chinese communist regime”.

At a time when the eyes of the world are on the Winter Olympics and cheering on their athletes, the Chinese government has used the Russian summit to engage in the expansion of authoritarianism, the ministry added.

“It is an insult to the peaceful spirit embodied in the Olympic rings, and it will be rejected by the Taiwanese people and despised by democratic countries.”

In recent months, tensions between China and Taiwan have escalated as Taipei accused Beijing of repeatedly breaching its air defense zone following incursions by dozens of Chinese planes.

China has stepped up pressure on Taiwan to accept its sovereignty claims. The Taiwan government says it wants peace but will defend itself if attacked.

The United States also criticized the meeting, saying Xi should have used the meeting to push down tensions in Ukraine.

The Olympics, which Taiwan has sent a small team of four athletes to compete in, comes at a time of heightened tensions between Taipei and Beijing, with China regularly sending military ships and planes near the island.

While Russia is a close friend of China, Russia and Taiwan maintain de facto small embassies in each other’s capitals.

Former Taiwanese President Chiang Ching-kuo, who began attempts at democratic reform, spoke Russian and was married to a Russian woman he met while working in Moscow in the 1930s.

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