Trump deals ‘se­ri­ous blow’ to sta­bil­ity by sign­ing Tai­wan act

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Front Page - By ZHANG YUNBI zhangyunbi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The Tai­wan Travel Act signed on Fri­day by US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has “dealt a se­ri­ous blow” to the com­plex ties be­tween China and the United States, as well as to cross-Straits peace and sta­bil­ity, a Chi­nese of­fi­cial said on Sun­day.

The act sends the wrong sig­nal to “Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence” sep­a­ratists, said An Feng­shan, spokesman for the State Coun­cil Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice.

Trump pledged shortly af­ter tak­ing of­fice to sup­port the one-China pol­icy. The act says that the US gov­ern­ment should en­cour­age vis­its be­tween of­fi­cials of Tai­wan and the United States at all lev­els.

“Once again, I would like to solemnly urge Tai­wan that re­ly­ing on for­eign­ers to build you up will only back­fire,” An said.

On Satur­day, the For­eign Min­istry and Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense also spoke out.

For­eign Min­istry spokesman Lu Kang said Bei­jing firmly op­poses Trump’s sign­ing of the act and has lodged se­ri­ous rep­re­sen­ta­tions to the US side.

“As has been pointed out many times by China, the key clauses of the act, though not legally bind­ing, se­verely vi­o­late the one-China prin­ci­ple and the three joint com­mu­niques be­tween China and cau­tiously, Lu said.

Wu Qian, spokesman for the De­fense Min­istry, warned in a state­ment is­sued later on Satur­day that the act in­ter­feres in China’s do­mes­tic af­fairs and un­der­mines the de­vel­op­ment of ties be­tween China and the US, in­clud­ing their mil­i­taries.

Tai­wan is a part of China, and mat­ters re­gard­ing it are strictly in­ter­nal af­fairs, Wu said.

To avoid in­flict­ing se­ri­ous dam­age on China-US re­la­tions, as well as on peace and sta­bil­ity, Wu said, the US should keep its prom­ises, rec­tify its wrongs, re­frain from im­ple­ment­ing cer­tain clauses of the act, stop mak­ing mil­i­tary con­tacts and stop sell­ing arms to Tai­wan.

Yuan Zheng, a se­nior re­searcher on US for­eign pol­icy at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences, said the act will mo­ti­vate the sep­a­ratists in Tai­wan and worsen the sit­u­a­tion there.

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