China on Monday expressed its strong opposition and strong condemnation to recent US actions and remarks regarding Taiwan, saying that any attempt to undermine China’s fundamental interests would be met with ” resolute counterattacks “from the Chinese side and would not succeed.
According to media reports, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the decision to lift restrictions on interactions with Taiwan.
“”China firmly opposes such practices and condemns them,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a press briefing in response to a request for comment.
Reiterating that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory, Zhao said that the government of the People’s Republic of China is the only legal government representing China.
This is a fact recognized by the international community and which forms part of the fundamental norms of international relations, he said.
“The US government has made solemn commitments to the Chinese side on the Taiwan issue,” Zhao said, citing the relevant provision of the 1978 joint communique on establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.
According to the joint statement, the United States recognizes the government of the People’s Republic of China as the sole legal government of China, but the people of the United States maintain cultural, trade and other unofficial relations with the people. from Taiwan, the spokesperson said.
“The United States must honor its own words instead of distorting or violating its own commitments,” he added.
The so-called “Taiwan Relations Act” seriously violates the one-China principle and the provisions of the three Sino-US joint communiques, Zhao said, adding that China has resolutely opposed it from the very beginning. .
“The Chinese people are steadfastly committed to safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity. We will never allow anyone or any force to hinder China’s reunification process and interfere in China’s internal affairs. under the pretext of the Taiwan question, ”the spokesperson said.
Calling the Taiwan issue the “most important and sensitive central issue” in Sino-US relations, Zhao said the one-China principle serves as the political foundation for bilateral ties and a precondition for bilateral ties. two sides to establish and develop diplomatic relations.
He urged the US side to abide by the one-China principle and the provisions of the three Sino-US joint communique and to cease any remarks or attempts to elevate ties with Taiwan and strengthen military contacts with the island.
“We urge Mr. Pompeo and like-minded politicians to clearly see the historical trend, to cease maneuvering on the backward-looking issues and actions related to Taiwan, and to refrain from going further down the wrong and dangerous path. “Mr. Zhao said. “Otherwise, they will certainly be severely punished by history.”