Chinese regime issues warnings, threats against Biden admin over unofficial visit to U.S. of Taiwanese president

 March 31, 2023

The president of Taiwan is currently in the United States ahead of a visit to a couple of Central American nations, and the communist Chinese regime has expressed its disapproval through threatening rhetoric aimed against President Joe Biden's administration, Breitbart reported.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in New York City on Wednesday and will remain there until Saturday, at which point she will visit Belize and Guatemala before returning to the U.S. in California, where it is anticipated that she will meet personally with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

If Tsai does meet with McCarthy, the communist regime in Beijing -- which claims ownership over the independent island nation of Taiwan -- has vowed "resolute countermeasures" in response to the unapproved meeting.

President Tsai undeterred

Chinese government officials began to make noise about President Tsai's travel plans even before she had left Taiwan, but according to Reuters, she was undeterred by the expressed opposition and subtle threats of possible retribution.

"External pressure will not hinder our determination to go to the world," Tsai said at the airport before leaving for the U.S. "We are calm and confident, will neither yield nor provoke. Taiwan will firmly walk on the road of freedom and democracy and go into the world. Although this road is rough, Taiwan is not alone."

She reportedly has several events planned in New York City, though none are open to the public or media, and while there are expectations that she will meet with Speaker McCarthy in California before returning home to Taiwan, there hasn't been any official confirmation of such a meeting.

China threatens "resolute countermeasures" against possible Taiwanese meeting

Breitbart reported that the Chinese regime's Taiwan Affairs Office issued a stern statement on Wednesday to warn against the possible meeting next week between Tsai and McCarthy.

"If Taiwan’s regional leader Tsai Ing-wen meets with U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, it would be a provocation that seriously violates one-China principle, undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as damages peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits," China said. "And we will take resolute measures to counter this."

China further warned the Biden administration against taking any actions whatsoever to help facilitate Tsai's "transit" or engaging in any "official contact" while she was in the U.S.

Breitbart also noted that China's state-run Global Times media outlet published multiple articles in recent days full of heightened rhetoric and implied consequences for both Taiwan and the U.S. if the above warning from the Chinese government was not heeded.

Chinese Foreign Ministry issues rebuke, warnings

The unsubtle threats and warnings didn't end there, though, as Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said during a Thursday press conference, "China firmly opposes any form of official interaction between the U.S. and the Taiwan region. We firmly oppose any visit by leader of the Taiwan region to the U.S. in any name or under whatever pretext, and we firmly oppose the U.S. government having any form of official contact with the Taiwan region."

"The U.S. and the Taiwan authorities made arrangements for Tsai to engage in political activities in the U.S. and framed it as a 'transit' to upgrade official exchanges and substantive relations with the Taiwan region," she continued. "This seriously violates the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiqués, gravely undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and sends a seriously wrong message to 'Taiwan independence' separatists."

"This once again shows that the fundamental cause of the new round of tensions in the Taiwan Strait is the Taiwan authorities’ repeated attempt to solicit U.S. support for 'Taiwan independence' and the fact that some in the U.S. intend to use Taiwan to contain China," Ning said.

"The Taiwan question is the very core of China’s core interests, the bedrock of the political foundation of China-U.S. relations, and the first red line that must not be crossed in the relationship," she added. "We urge the U.S. to abide by the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiqués, act on its commitment of not supporting 'Taiwan independence' or 'two Chinas' or 'one China, one Taiwan,' stop all forms of official interaction with Taiwan, stop upgrading its substantive exchanges with the region, and stop fudging and hollowing out the one-China principle. China will continue to closely follow the situation and resolutely safeguard our sovereignty and territorial integrity."

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