China will strike back against any measures that undermine its core interests, its State Department said Friday after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Taiwan “was not part of China”.
China calls Taiwan the most sensitive and important issue in its relations with the United States and is angry at the Trump administration’s increased support for the China-claimed but democratically ruled island, such as arms sales.
In a US radio interview on Thursday, Pompeo said, “Taiwan was not part of China.”
“That has been recognized with the work the Reagan administration has done to establish the policies that the United States has followed for three and a half decades,” he said.
The United States is legally required to provide Taiwan with the means of self-defense and officially only recognizes the Chinese position that Taiwan is part of it, rather than specifically recognizing China’s claims.
In Beijing, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Taiwan is an inalienable part of China and that Pompeo is further damaging Sino-US relations.
“We solemnly tell Pompeo and his team that any conduct that undermines China’s core interests and undermines China’s internal affairs will be resolutely counterattacked by China,” he said without elaborating.
China imposed sanctions on US companies selling weapons to Taiwan and flown fighter jets near the island when senior US officials visited Taipei this year.
The defeated government of the Republic of China fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing a civil war against the communists who founded the People’s Republic of China.
Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou thanked Pompeo for his support.
“The Republic of China in Taiwan is a sovereign, independent country and not part of the People’s Republic of China. This is a fact and the current situation,” she said.
Taiwan officials will travel to Washington next week for economic talks, which has also angered Beijing.
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