Paris [France], May 2 (ANI): China has opposed the U.S. embassy’s invitation to France’s invitation to the Taiwanese representative for a luncheon meeting, saying the measure “seriously” violated the principle of a single China and supported Taiwanese “secessionist forces” Brian Aggeler, in charge Friday, interim businessmen at the U.S. embassy in France invited Taiwan’s representative to France, Wu Chih-chung, to his residence for lunch, as reported by the Chinese state media Global Times.
According to Taiwan-based media, it was “the first time since the rupture of diplomatic relations between the United States and Taiwan in 1979″ that the U.S. embassy in France invited his residence a ” Taiwan representative in France “for an exchange visit.
The Chinese embassy in France issued a statement on the incident. “There is only one China. Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory and the government of the People’s Republic of China is the only legal government that represents all of China. This is a fact recognized by the entire international community and a norm. fundamental to international relations, the Chinese embassy in France said, “the statement said.
“The movement seriously violates the principle of a single China and the provisions of the three Sino-US joint communications and goes against its long-standing political commitments with China on the Taiwan issue and supports secessionist forces. of Taiwan, ”the embassy noted. in response.
Taiwan and the Taiwan Strait region are a source of conflict between the US and China due to Taiwan’s support for Taiwan.
Taiwan had seceded from mainland China as a result of the civil war and the United States has since been an ally of Taiwan for decades.
Beijing claims full sovereignty over Taiwan, a democracy of nearly 24 million people located on the southeast coast of mainland China, even though the two sides have been ruled separately for more than seven decades.
In March, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken referred to Taiwan as a “country,” a term hitherto avoided by U.S. officials.
The previous US administration announced in January the lifting of restrictions governing US official contacts with the country.
Former Secretary of State Michael Pompeo had said that executive agencies should consider “null and void” all “contact guidelines” relating to relations with Taiwan previously issued by the State Department under authorities delegated to the Secretary of State. ‘State.
In November last year, the US and Taiwan signed a plan to establish closer economic ties. (ANI)