China fumes as Taiwan VP’s US visit proceeds

SpaceWar.com reports: “China on Sunday vowed ‘resolute and forceful measures’ over a weekend trip by Taiwan Vice President William Lai to the United States it said it was closely monitoring.

‘China is closely following the development of the situation and will take resolute and forceful measures to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity,’ an unnamed spokesperson for the foreign ministry said in a statement published online.

Lai — a candidate in Taiwan’s presidential elections next year — is officially making only transit stops in the United States en route to and from Paraguay, where he will be attending the inauguration of president-elect Santiago Pena.

Taiwan is claimed by China, which has vowed to take the territory one day — by force, if necessary — and has ramped up political and military pressure.

‘China is firmly opposed to any form of official exchanges between the US and Taiwan, is resolutely opposed to separatists seeking ‘Taiwan independence’ entering the US under any name and for any reason, and firmly opposed to any form of official contact between the US government and the Taiwanese side,’ the spokesperson said…”

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