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U.K. minister voices opposition to Chinese action against peace

2019/01/25 15:52:01

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Image taken from his Twitter account)

London, Jan. 25 (CNA) The United Kingdom government is opposed to any action that raises tension across the Taiwan Strait and hinders resolutions for peace, a senior official with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has said.

Lord Dholakia, a vice chair of the British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group, asked Jan. 14 what assessment the British government has made of any risks to regional peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

The question was pressed after Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) declared in a Jan. 2 speech that China must be reunified, will not renounce the use of force and will reserve "the option of taking all necessary means" to achieve that end.

In a statement issued Wednesday in response, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, minister of state for the Commonwealth and United Nations, said the United Kingdom opposes any action which raises tensions in the region and hinders the chances of peaceful settlement of any issues.

"In line with our longstanding position on Taiwan we encourage Taiwan and China to engage in constructive dialogue to resolve this issue, taking into account the views of the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait," he said.

Taiwan's Representative to the U.K. David Lin (林永樂) said he is grateful for the British government's support of Taiwan, which upholds democracy and freedom, and for the parliamentary group's strong support for Taiwan.

(By Tai Ya-chen and Elizabeth Hsu)
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