China Urges US to Stop Official Contacts with Taiwan

Beijing, April 16 (QNA) – Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman urged
the United States to stop all forms of official contact with Taiwan
so as to avoid further damage to China-US relations.
Hua Chunying, the spokeswoman, made the remarks at a regular press
briefing when asked to comment on US Administrator of the
Environmental Protection Agency Gina McCarthy’s visit to Taiwan.
McCarthy visited Taiwan Monday and met with Taiwan leader Ma
Ying-jeou in the first visit by a US cabinet-level official in 14
years.
No matter its purpose, McCarthy’s Taiwan visit has violated the
principles set forth in the three Sino-US Joint Communiques as well
as the US commitment to China on the Taiwan issue, said Hua.
China has voiced firm opposition and strong dissatisfaction over the
US move and has lodged serious representations to the US side, she
said.
“We again urge the US side to seriously abide by the principles
enshrined in the three Sino-US Joint Communiques and its commitment
to China,” she said, calling on the US to cautiously and properly
deal with Taiwan-related issues to avoid further damage to bilateral
ties.
The Taiwan issue is the most sensitive and core issue in Sino-US
relations. Principles for correctly handling the issue have been
defined in the three Sino-US Joint Communiques signed in 1972, 1978
and 1982. (QNA)

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