Lu Kang, spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, makes a gesture at a press conference in Beijing, China, on October 27, 2015. (Photo / Xinhua)
BEIJING – China has lodged solemn representations to the United States over a defense act that suggests re-establishing ports of call between the US and Taiwan.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, passed by the US House of Representatives on Friday, contains controversial provisions about re-establishing regular ports of call by the US Navy at Kaohsiung or any other suitable ports in Taiwan and permitting US Pacific Command to receive ports of call by Taiwan.
"Relevant provisions seriously violate the one-China policy and the three China-US joint communiques upheld by the US and infringes upon China's domestic affairs," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a regular news briefing.
Lu reiterated that China had always opposed any official and military exchanges between the US and Taiwan, urging Washington to clearly understand the serious harmfulness of such provisions.
He called on the US to stop retrogressive moves to avoid damaging China-US relations.
Under the three joint communiques, the US is obliged to abide by the one-China policy, recognizing that Taiwan is part of China and the Government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal government of China.
PROTECTING PRIVACY OF VISA APPLICANTS
Beijing also urged Washington to protect privacy of visa applicants’ information and to provide them with due facilitation under laws, said Lu Kang.
According to media reports, the US State Department will require all nations to provide extensive data to help vet visa applicants and determine whether a traveler poses a terrorist threat. Countries that fail to comply with the new protocols could face travel sanctions.