The Chinese regime on Thursday promised a “firm” response to the meeting in California between Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, the state agency said. xinhua.
“In response to the gravely erroneous acts of collusion between the United States and Taiwan, China will take firm and effective measures to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement published by xinhua.
The Taiwanese leader met on Wednesday with a delegation of US politicians from both parties during a stopover in California after visiting Guatemala and Belize, two of Taipei’s last official allies.
China regards Taiwan as part of its territory and opposes any official contact between Taipei and representatives of other countries, although the island has been governed autonomously for more than 70 years. Beijing advocates retaking its control one day, even by force if necessary.
Wednesday’s meeting “Seriously violated the one-China principle”according to which no country can maintain relations with Taipei and Beijing simultaneously, said the ministry headed by Foreign Minister Qin Gang.
“The Taiwan question is at the core of China’s fundamental interests and the first red line not to be crossed in Sino-American relations”the ministry added.
China’s Ministry of National Defense also condemned the meeting of Tsai and McCarthy.
“We strongly oppose all forms of official interaction between the United States and Taiwan. and any visit by leaders of the Taiwanese authorities to the United States under any name or pretext,” National Defense said in a statement, as reported by Xinhua.
“The (People’s Liberation Army) will resolutely safeguard China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” he added.
Taiwan is one of the biggest sources of conflict between China and the United States, mainly because Washington is Taiwan’s main arms supplier and would be its biggest military ally in the event of a war with China.
China claims sovereignty over the island, which it views as a rebel province since Kuomintang nationalists withdrew there in 1949 after losing the civil war against the communists.
The United States established diplomatic relations with Beijing in 1979 under the principle of recognizing “one China”but has maintained close unofficial relations with Taiwan, which often leads to tensions with the Chinese regime.
With information from AFP and EFE
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