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China firmly opposes US officials' contact with Taiwan

By Xinhua

 China firmly opposes US officials' contact with Taiwan
Lu Kang, spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, speaks at a regular press conference in Beijing on May 12, 2016. (Photo / Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China)
BEIJING – China on Monday voiced firm opposition to contact between US officials and Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said China is opposed to the Taiwan leader's contact with US officials in any form, after she passed through the United States en route to Central America.

Tsai Ing-wen reportedly met with Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz while she was passing through Texas on her way to Central America

Tsai Ing-wen reportedly met with Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz while she was passing through Texas on her way to Central America.

"We urge the United States and relevant people to stick to the one-China policy and the three China-US joint communiques, and carefully handle issues related to Taiwan, in order not to harm China-US relations and cross-Strait peace and prosperity," Lu said.

Earlier on December 3, the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council of the Chinese mainland reiterated its stance against Taiwan independence after US President-elect Donald Trump's phone talks with Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen the day before.

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The Chinese mainland's adherence to the one-China principle and the position against Taiwan independence are steadfast, said An Fengshan, spokesperson for the office.

He then quoted Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's remarks that Tsai's call with Trump was "a little trick" by Taiwan which would not change the one-China consensus in the international community.

After the phone call, China lodged solemn representations with the US, urging the US to honor its commitment to the one-China policy, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Saturday.

Few days later, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Tsai Ing-wen's planned transit stop in the US in January carries "ulterior political intentions".

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Asked to comment on Beijing's call for the US to prevent Tsai from passing through the country en route to her planned visit to Central America, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that "transit diplomacy" is among the "petty moves" employed by Taiwan's leader, whose "ulterior political intentions are clear for all to see".

Lu reiterated that it has been commonly recognized by the international community that Taiwan is part of China, and that the one-China principle is the key political precondition for countries to develop relations and cooperate with China.

 
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