China's Foreign Ministry condemns Tsai Ing-wen's 'transit trip' to U.S.
China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday voiced strong opposition and condemned the U.S. for arranging Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen's "transit" to the U.S. despite solemn representations and repeated warnings from the Chinese side.
"China firmly opposes any form of official interaction between the U.S. and the Taiwan region. We firmly oppose any visit by the leader of the Taiwan authorities to the U.S., in any name or under whatever pretext. And we firmly oppose the U.S. government having any form of official contact with the Taiwan authorities," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said at a press conference.
China has repeatedly protested to the U.S. side on Tsai's so-called stopover in the U.S.
A spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council on Wednesday warned of countermeasures if Tsai meets with the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives during the so-called "transit" through the U.S., saying it will be another provocation that seriously violates the one-China principle, undermines China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and damages peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits.
The Taiwan question is at the core of China's core interests, the first un-crossable red line and the basis of the political foundation of China-U.S. relations, Mao said.
She urged the U.S. to scrupulously abide by the one-China principle as well as the three China-U.S. joint communiques and materialize its promise to keep from supporting "Taiwan independence" and "two Chinas."
China will keep watching the events closely and resolutely defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, Mao said.