US Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs Keith Crash reported on social media that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has granted Taiwan the status of a “free country.” In response to a journalist’s question on the issue, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a press conference on Thursday January 14th that the action taken by the United States seriously violates the basic rules of international relations, the “one China” principle, and the regulations stipulated in the The three joint communiques between China and the United States, as well as the political commitments made by the United States on the Taiwan issue. China firmly opposes all this and expresses its strong condemnation. Zhao Lijian then stressed that the “one China” principle is the basis and prerequisite for establishing and developing diplomatic relations between China and the United States. China urges the United States to adhere to the “one-China” principle and the regulations stipulated in the three Sino-US joint communiques, to immediately stop using the Taiwan issue to carry out political maneuvers, to end official trade with Taiwan, to stop promoting “substantial relations” with the latter.
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