China FM warns of ‘dangerous consequences’ of Taiwan criticism

China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gang warned against criticising China over Taiwan, claiming that it will have dangerous consequences, as he emphasised China’s peaceful intentions and its role as a “growing force for peace and justice” in a keynote speech at a forum on Chinese modernisation. Qin argued that claims of China changing the status quo across the Taiwan Strait were absurd and dangerous, and warned against playing with fire, stating that the Taiwan question is the core interest of China. Qin also reiterated China’s positioning of itself as a mediator in the Ukraine war and pointed out China’s role in helping to bring about a recent reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Iran.