China firmly opposes any kind of official ties between the U.S. and the Taiwan region, and China will take resolute countermeasures in response to the U.S.’ provocations, said Liu Pengyu, spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in Washington on Sunday as a U.S. bipartisan Congressional delegation flew to Taiwan on Sunday.
In a slew of tweets, Liu said the fresh visit once again proves that the U.S. does not want to see stability across the Taiwan Straits and has spared no effort to stir up a confrontation between the two sides and interfere in China’s internal affairs.
“The responsibility for the current tension across the Taiwan Straits rests entirely with the U.S. side, which should bear all the consequences caused by relevant lawmakers’ visit to Taiwan,” he said.
The five-member U.S. delegation, led by Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, visited the region on the heels of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to the island in early August, which drew strong condemnations and responses from the Chinese side, including days of live-fire military drills around the Taiwan island.
“Members of the U.S. Congress should act in consistence with the U.S. government’s one-China policy. The U.S. side should abide by the one-China principle and the stipulations of the three China-U.S. joint communiqués and stop official exchanges with Taiwan,” the Chinese embassy spokesperson said.