China urges US to end official contact with Taiwan
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang on Thursday urged the US to stop “sending the wrong signals” to Taiwan independence forces and not to have any form of official contact or exchange with Taiwan.
Lu’s comments at a routine press briefing came after the US House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously passed a “Taiwan Travel Act” that would allow US government officials to travel to China's Taiwan and meet their counterparts, and also pave the way for high-level Taiwan officials to visit the US and meet American officials.
A second bill passed at the same time to “strengthen the critical US-Taiwan partnership” aims to help Taiwan regain observer status at the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation..
Lu said the Taiwan Travel Act violates the one-China policy and the three China-US joint communiques.
Official US-Taiwan meetings have been avoided since Washington shifted diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979.
“China urges the United States to scrupulously abide by the one-China principle, cautiously handle the Taiwan issue, not have any official contact with Taiwan and not give any wrong signals to Taiwan independence forces,” Lu said.
“We won’t stop making efforts because of any intervention or interruption by outside forces,” he added.