China vows to ‘fight back’ if Taiwan leader meets US speaker

SinoDaily.com reports: “China vowed on Wednesday to ‘fight back’ should Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen meet the US House speaker during a trip to the United States.

Tsai left on Wednesday for the United States, from where she will head to Guatemala and Belize to shore up ties with diplomatic allies. On her way back to Taiwan she will stop in California, where US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy had said he would meet her.

China claims the democratic island as part of its territory to be retaken one day and, under its ‘One China’ principle, no country may maintain official ties with both Beijing and Taipei.

Beijing warned Wednesday that it was ‘resolutely opposed’ to any meeting between Tsai and McCarthy and vowed to take ‘resolute measures to fight back’ if it goes ahead. ‘If (Tsai) engages with US House Speaker McCarthy, it will be another provocation that seriously violates the One China principle, undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,’ Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian said…”

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