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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Remarks on Deputy Leader of the Taiwan Region William Lai’s Planned Transit in the US

外交部-新闻司

2023-08-03 20:54

Q: The DPP authorities announced on August 2 that the deputy leader of the Taiwan region William Lai will leave on August 12 for Paraguay to attend the president’s inauguration. He will “transit” in New York and San Francisco in the US on his way to and from Paraguay. What’s your comment? 

A: China firmly opposes any form of official interaction between the US and the Taiwan region, firmly opposes any visit by “Taiwan independence” separatists to the US in any name or under whatever pretext, and firmly opposes any form of US connivance and support for “Taiwan independence” separatists and their separatist activities. 

The Taiwan question is at the core of China’s core interests and a red line that cannot be crossed. China urges the US to abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiqués, act on its leaders’ commitment of not supporting “Taiwan independence”, stop official interactions with Taiwan, stop upgrading its substantive exchanges with the region, stop sending wrong messages to separatist forces seeking “Taiwan independence”, and refuse to let William Lai “transit” the US. China will closely follow the developments and take firm and strong measures to safeguard our nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We would like to tell the DPP authorities seriously that “Taiwan independence” is a dead end, fawning on the US and selling Taiwan away will only harm the people of Taiwan, and any attempt to seek “independence” and make provocation in collusion with external forces is doomed to failure.

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