China on Tuesday (Aug 2) slammed the United States’ actions in Taiwan as “extremely dangerous”, after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived on the island for a visit that has inflamed tensions between the superpowers.
“The United States, for its part, has been attempting to use Taiwan to contain China,” Beijing’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
“It constantly distorts, obscures and hollows out the ‘One China’ principle, steps up its official exchanges with Taiwan, and emboldens ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist activities. These moves, like playing with fire, are extremely dangerous. Those who play with fire will perish by it.”
The statement called Taiwan an “inalienable part of China’s territory”.
China said that the United States “should stop its acts of saying one thing but doing the opposite on the Taiwan question”.
Pelosi’s visit is the highest-profile visit by a US official to the island in 25 years. She flew in on a US military aircraft into Taipei’s Songshan Airport and was greeted by Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu.
She said the US delegation’s visit to Taiwan “honours America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy”.