News ID: 276723
Published: 0257 GMT November 13, 2020

China warns of action after Pompeo’s Taiwan remarks

China warns of action after Pompeo’s Taiwan remarks
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The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin speaks during a news conference in Beijing, China, on November 9, 2020.

China will strike back against any moves that undermine its core interests, its Foreign Ministry said on Friday, after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Taiwan “has not been a part of China”.

Speaking in Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Taiwan was an inalienable part of China and that Pompeo was further damaging Sino-US ties, Reuters wrote.

“We solemnly tell Pompeo and his ilk, that any behavior that undermines China’s core interests and interferes with China’s domestic affairs will be met with a resolute counterattack by China,” he said.

Speaking in a US radio interview on Thursday, Pompeo said, “Taiwan has not been a part of China”.

China maintains sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan, and under the “One China” policy, nearly all countries worldwide – including the US – recognize that sovereignty, according to Press TV.

Washington, however, has been courting Taiwan in an attempt to irk Beijing. It regularly conducts provocative moves around the self-governed island, particularly by sailing its warships through the sensitive and strategic Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from mainland China.

Taiwan officials will travel to Washington next week for economic talks, which have angered Beijing.

In another move that has already annoyed China, the Pentagon announced earlier that the US State Department had cleared the potential sale of four MQ-9 SeaGuardian drones – worth $600 million – to Taiwan in a formal notification to Congress.

Tensions between the US and China remain at their highest point in decades, with sharp divisions over a host of political and economic issues, including Hong Kong the coronavirus pandemic and a long-time trade dispute that is not expected to be resolved soon.

 

Frictions to remain under Biden

 

A former Chinese diplomat said on Friday the US will continue it suppression of China, even under the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Former Chinese finance minister, Lou Jiwei, added trade frictions between Washington and Beijing are not expected to ease in the near term.

“Even if Biden is elected, the US suppression of China will be inevitable,” he said.

Lou, who is now a member of a consultative body to the Chinese parliament, called for pragmatism in US-China trade relations.

“After four years, the trade deficit (with China) is still widening,” he said. “We need to return to common sense and return to science. Everyone needs to be reasonable.”

Since taking office, outgoing president, Donald Trump, claimed that China’s rise as an exporting powerhouse has hurt US workers and manufacturing.

He finally launched a trade war in the middle of 2018, demanding that China undertake sweeping structural reforms to open its markets and buy more from the US.

Ever since, the two world powers have engaged in a full-fledged trade war that has for some time affected the world economy. 

In his first call to the three key Asian allies of Washington – Australia, Japan and South Korea – Biden assured them of US commitment to their defense.

The leaders of the three states each offered their congratulations to the president-elect on Wednesday.

 

China congratulates

 

More than a week after US November 3 presidential election, China finally offered its congratulations to Biden.

“We respect the choice of the American people. We express our congratulations to Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris," said the foreign ministry spokesman, referring to incoming vice president, Kamala Harris.

Wang said China understands "the result of the US election will be determined in accordance with US laws and procedures”.

Beijing’s delay in calling Biden doesn’t indicate favoritism for Trump, though, according to analysts China doesn’t want to take sides in the dispute.

The leaders of Russia, Brazil, Mexico, and North Korea have yet to congratulate Biden.

 

   
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Resource: Reuters
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