China has attacked any move that weakens its core interests, its Foreign Ministry said Friday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying Taiwan “is not part of China.”
China views Taiwan as the most sensitive and important issue in its relations with the United States and is angered by the Trump administration’s decision to sell democratically ruled islands claimed by China, such as weapons.
Speaking in an interview with US radio on Thursday, Pompeo said: “Taiwan is not part of China”.
He said the work the Reagan administration did was about the policies that the United States has adopted so far for three and a half decades.
The United States is required by law to provide for Taiwan’s defense and only officially accepts China’s position that Taiwan is one of them, rather than explicitly acknowledging China’s claims.
Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Taiwan is an unworthy part of China and Pompeo harms China-U.S. Relations more.
“We fully say to Pompeo and his ilk that any behavior which undermines the fundamental interests of China and interferes with the internal affairs of China will be the subject of a firm counter-protest from China”, did he declare. , Without elaboration.
China has banned US companies from selling weapons to Taiwan, and this year senior jet officers in Taipei have flown fighter jets near the island.
After losing the Civil War to the Communists in 1949, the defeated Chinese government fled to Taiwan, which established the People’s Republic of China.
Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joan Oyu thanked Pompio for his support.
“The Republic of China on Taiwan is a sovereign and independent country, and is not part of the People’s Republic of China. It is a fact and a current situation ”, she declared.
Taiwanese officials will travel to Washington for economic talks next week, which has also angered Beijing.
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