China once described the U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan as “extremely dangerous,” explaining that it was a threat to the stability in the region. On August 3, China’s Ambassador to France, Lu Shaye, held an interview with French station BFMTV. He said that the Taiwanese should be ‘re-educated after reunifying Taiwan.’ His words then aroused public outrage.
As Taiwan News reported, during the interview, Lu called Pelosi’s trip an “unnecessary provocation” that “created a lot of danger.”
According to Lu, China’s live-fire drills were “responding to a provocation.”
Referring to why most of the population of Taiwan is now against reunification, Lu further stated, “It’s because the Democratic Progressive Party has spread a lot of anti-Chinese propaganda.”
Lu also talked about the possibility of a military invasion, adding that the assault would “not be against the population of Taiwan.” He then vowed that “after reunification, we will do reeducation.”
The ambassador stated that the reeducation effort would be peaceful and “not under threat.”
The ambassador’s statements then drew international criticism.
Guy Verhofstadt, former Prime Minister of Belgium, wrote on Twitter, “Dictatorships cannot accept or even imagine people wanting to live in freedom … instead they want to ‘re-educate’… another word for oppression and propaganda. Be warned, Taiwan, Ukraine, Europe…”
Pelosi landed in Taipei late on Tuesday, August 2. Despite China’s threats of retaliation for the visit, the action was a strong demonstration of solidarity for the self-governed island—which China claims as its own territory.