China’s response will be more pressure on Taiwan
China will respond to a visit by a U.S. Navy admiral to Taiwan and firmly oppose any military relationship between Taipei and Washington, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday, after a senior US official praised its ties to Taipei.
A two-star Navy admiral who oversees US military intelligence in the Asia-Pacific region has paid an unannounced visit to Taiwan, two sources consulted told Reuters on Sunday. Neither Taiwan nor the US have officially confirmed the trip.
The Trump Administration has increased support for Taiwan, including with new arms sales, alarming China, which sees the democratic island as its own territory without the right to receive the recognition enjoyed by sovereign nations.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China “resolutely opposes” any form of exchange between the US and Taiwanese authorities or the two having military relations.
China urges the US to fully acknowledge the extreme sensitivity of the Taiwan issue, Zhao told a news conference.
“The Chinese side, depending on how the situation develops, will give a legitimate and necessary response,” he said, without elaborating.
China reacted furiously when US Health Secretary Alex Azar traveled to Taipei in August, followed by US Under Secretary of State Keith Krach in September, sending military planes close to the island both times.