"This is just a political farce and a dangerous, malicious provocation," Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu said during an interview with CGTN on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the Taiwan region.
In disregard of the warning from the Chinese side, Pelosi made this provocative visit, which "infringed on China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, violated the one-China principle and provisions in the three China-U.S. joint communiques, affected the political foundation of China-U.S. relations and undermined peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits," he added.
China has every reason to respond with countermeasures, said Ma, noting that the visit is "unacceptable to the Chinese people."
The incident is also a lesson, revealing to the world the U.S. motives to contain China with Taiwan and the intention of the Taiwan authorities to seek American support for independence, Ma said.
In its aftermath, the one-China consensus of the international community emerged stronger, and the U.S. attempt to play the "Taiwan card" and contain China proved more unpopular and futile, Ma said.
(Cover: The Chinese Foreign Ministry. /CFP)