China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has urged Germany to support the peaceful reunification of Taiwan with China. During a visit to Germany, Yi met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to discuss the issue. Yi stressed that the Taiwan issue was the most important and sensitive issue in China’s relations with other countries. He also said that Taiwan’s reunification with the mainland was a historic trend that could not be stopped by anyone. The German government did not directly comment on Yi’s request, but reaffirmed its “one China” policy, which recognizes Taiwan as part of China. The issue of Taiwan’s sovereignty has been a contentious one for years, with China insisting that the island is part of its territory, while Taiwan maintains that it is an independent country.
China has been increasing diplomatic pressure on countries to support its position on Taiwan. In recent years, several countries have severed or downgraded their diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of China. Germany, however, has maintained unofficial ties with Taiwan, including through the German Institute Taipei, which serves as a de facto embassy. Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has also called on Germany to support the island’s participation in international organizations, such as the World Health Organization.
The issue of Taiwan’s sovereignty is likely to remain a contentious issue in China’s relations with other countries. The United States, for example, has continued to sell arms to Taiwan despite China’s objections, and has also increased its military presence in the region. The US has also urged other countries to support Taiwan’s participation in international organizations. The European Union has also expressed support for Taiwan’s participation in global affairs, while not recognizing it as a sovereign state.
While Germany did not directly comment on China’s request to support the peaceful reunification of Taiwan, the issue is likely to remain a sensitive one in its relations with China.