China warns against Taiwan separatism, condemns Lai Ching-te’s “two states” theory

Chinese mainland spokesperson Chen Binhua criticized Taiwan’s new leader Lai Ching-te for promoting the “two states” theory, warning that actions challenging the one-China principle will face severe consequences.

On Tuesday, Chinese mainland spokesperson Chen Binhua issued a stern warning regarding recent separatist rhetoric from Taiwan’s new leader, Lai Ching-te. Chen emphasized that any actions challenging the one-China principle and provoking division across the Taiwan Strait would face severe consequences and are destined to fail. This statement comes in response to Lai’s advocacy of the controversial “two states” theory, which has ignited strong opposition and dissatisfaction on both sides of the Strait.

Lai Ching-te, who recently assumed his role as Taiwan’s leader, has been promoting a narrative that contradicts the one-China policy, suggesting a “two states” framework. According to Chen, this theory is based on distorted facts and lacks a legitimate legal basis. He accused Lai of using deceitful tactics to promote “Taiwan independence” and warned that such rhetoric would not only fail to deceive the public in Taiwan but also expose Lai as a staunch advocate for separatism and a source of instability.

The spokesperson emphasized that any attempts to promote separatism or challenge this principle would be met with resolute opposition and strict measures. He reiterated that the Chinese mainland remains committed to reunification and will not tolerate any actions that undermine this goal.

The “two states” theory, as promoted by Lai, has sparked significant controversy. It suggests that Taiwan and China are two separate, sovereign entities, a notion that directly contradicts the one-China policy upheld by Beijing and recognized by the majority of the international community. Chen criticized Lai for distorting historical and legal facts to support his narrative, accusing him of misleading the public and creating unnecessary tensions.

Chen further denounced Lai’s actions as a betrayal of the people in Taiwan, asserting that his push for “Taiwan independence” would not succeed. He argued that Lai’s separatist agenda would not garner genuine support from the Taiwanese public, who, according to Chen, desire peace, stability, and prosperity rather than confrontation and division. Chen urged the people of Taiwan to recognize Lai’s true intentions and reject his misleading narrative.