A citizen runs in front of the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taipei, Taiwan in southeast China on October 1, 2019 (XINHUA)
The Chinese Foreign Ministry on May 20 expressed strong indignation and condemnation over congratulations by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other officials to Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen on her inauguration.
According to a statement released by the ministry, Pompeo has called Tsai "Taiwan's president" and hyped up the U.S.-Taiwan "partnership" in his statement on Tsai's inauguration. Some U.S. officials and politicians also sent video congratulations to Tsai.
"The above-mentioned moves constitute a severe violation of the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiques, and a serious interference in China's internal affairs. China expresses strong indignation and condemnation over such moves," said the statement.
There is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory, it said.
According to the Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the People's Republic of China and the United States of America signed in December 1978, the United States of America recognizes the government of the People's Republic of China as the sole legal government of China. Within this context, the people of the United States will maintain cultural, commercial and other unofficial relations with the people of Taiwan.
"The words and deeds aforementioned severely violate the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiques, and brazenly go against the commitments made by the U.S. government itself," said the statement.
They have sent wrong signals to "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces, thus seriously damaging peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait as well as China-U.S. relations, it said.
The Taiwan question concerns China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and China's core interests, the statement said, adding that the Chinese government and people are firmly resolved in opposing secessionist activities of "Taiwan independence" forces, safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity, standing against any foreign interference in China's internal affairs and striving for national reunification.
"We'd like to warn the U.S. side that 'Taiwan independence' has no way out. Indulging and supporting such forces is doomed to fail," said the statement, adding that any action that undermines China's core interests and interferes in China's internal affairs will meet vigorous countermeasures by China and will not stop the historical trend of China's reunification.
The statement said China urges the United States to correct its mistake immediately, abide by the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiques, sever official links and cease improving substantial relations with Taiwan, stop interfering in China's internal affairs, and stop any words and deeds undermining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and China-U.S. relations.
"China will take necessary countermeasures against the above-mentioned erroneous moves of the United States. The consequences arising therefrom shall be taken by the U.S. side," said the statement.