John Hennessey-Niland, the US ambassador to the pacific island nation of Palau, was a part of the delegation that got here with Palauan president Surangel Whipps for a five-day journey.
In 1979, the US severed ties with Taiwan in favour of Beijing. Nonetheless, in the previous few years amid rising tensions with China, the US has elevated its actions with democratically-ruled Taipei, a transfer which has irked Beijing.
On Monday, China’s international ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian, whereas replying to a question in regards to the US ambassador’s go to, mentioned: “I wish to stress that the one China precept is a universally recognised norm for worldwide relations and a standard consensus recognised, accepted and practiced by the overwhelming majority of nations on the earth.”
He emphasised that the Taiwan query is the “most essential and delicate situation in China-US relations.”
“One China precept is the political basis of China-US relations. China firmly opposes any type of official interactions between the US and Taiwan. This place is constant and clear,” Mr Zhao mentioned.
The spokesperson urged the US “to completely recognise that the Taiwan query is extremely delicate, and that it ought to abide by the one China precept and the three China-US joint communiques.
“It should cease any official interplay with Taiwan, chorus from sending any unsuitable indicators to Taiwan independence forces, cease any try and cross the underside line, and correctly deal with Taiwan-related points with prudence, lest it ought to injury China-US relations in addition to peace and stability throughout the Taiwan Strait,” Mr Zhao cautioned the US.
However Taiwan’s international ministry welcomed the go to of the US ambassador and, on Monday, tweeted: “What a triumvirate! Minister Wu, President Whipps & Ambassador Hennessey-Niland are as one on the subject of trilateral cooperation. #Taiwan, #Palau & the #US are forces for good working collectively in selling peace, safety & prosperity within the #IndoPacific & all over the world.”
On Monday, 10 Chinese language navy plane – eight fighter jets and two surveillance plane – entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone. On Friday, Beijing despatched the same sortie involving 20 plane. Over the previous few months, Taiwan has repeatedly complained that China’s fighter plane have violated its air area.
China considers Taiwan its personal territory and Taipei fears China might use drive to carry it again underneath its management. Nonetheless, regardless of Beijing’s repeated warnings towards Washington warming as much as Taipei, the US has steadily elevated its cooperation with Taiwan lately.
In 2020, the US authorized the sale of weapons value £3.69bn to Taiwan and final week Washington signed an settlement with Taipei to spice up cooperation between their coast guards, a transfer to counter China.
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