BEIJING, October 28. /TASS/. Beijing has praised the position on the Taiwan issue voiced by Russian President Vladimir Putin at Thursday’s Valdai Discussion Club meeting, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Friday.
"We highly appreciate President Putin’s position," Wang said, when asked to comment on yesterday’s remark on Taiwan by the Russian leader who reaffirmed at a plenary session of the Valdai International Discussion Club on Thursday that Moscow regards Taiwan as an integral part of China.
According to Wang, the ‘one China’ principle was something the international community holds a consensus on and it is a fundamental principle of international relations.
Putin stated at the Valdai Club meeting on Thursday that Russia viewed the recent Taiwan visits by high-profile US politicians as provocations.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taipei in early August. Later, more groups of US lawmakers and governors landed in the city. China has criticized such visits as inflammatory, branding the moves as meddling in China’s internal affairs and support for Taiwanese separatists.
Taiwan has been governed by its local administration since 1949 when the Kuomintang’s remaining forces led by Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1975) were defeated in the Chinese Civil War. Beijing regards the island as one of its provinces, a stance supported by most other countries including Russia.