BEIJING – China accused the United States on Thursday of interfering in its internal affairs after the US President ratified a bill to strengthen military ties with Taiwan.
Donald Trump on Tuesday had approved the National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2018, which looks to boost military cooperation with Taiwan, including mutual visits by navy ships and joint military drills.
“We are firmly opposed to any form of official exchanges or military links between Taiwan and the United States,” China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said in a press conference.
He added Beijing has lodged a formal complaint over the measure that seriously violated the “One China principle,” according to which the only recognized government of Taiwan was in Beijing.
Taiwan’s Foreign Minister, David Lee, told the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee of the parliament on Thursday that the US government had approved the Congress decision to support high-level military ties and docking of naval vessels in Taiwanese ports.
Reacting to a Chinese diplomat’s statement in Washington – in which he said Chinese military will unify Taiwan with military force if a US warship docked at the Kaohsiung port in Taiwan – Lee called it unbelievable and counterproductive.
Taiwan has been a constant source of tension between China and the US, which has been the traditional guarantor of Taiwan’s security and its chief supplier of arms and defense equipment.