The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday warned US Vice President Mike Pence for criticizing and interfering in China’s internal affairs on issues concerning Taiwan, the South China Sea, human rights and religion in a talk on Thursday.
Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China's Foreign Ministry (File photo: fmprc.gov.cn)
“There is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said. “The US has no right to make irresponsible remarks on relations between China and other countries based on the one-China principle. ‘Taiwan independence’ activities are the biggest threat to the peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits.”
“China urges the US side to earnestly abide by the one-China principle and regulations of the three Sino-US Joint Communiques and to properly deal with issues concerning Taiwan,” Hua said. China hopes the US side would oppose ‘Taiwan independence’ forces and maintain the relationship between China and US as well as the peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits,” Hua added.
“China has indisputable sovereignty over the islands in the South China Sea and their adjacent waters. It is the right of self-preservation and self-defense conferred by international law that China establishes necessary territorial defense facilities on its own territory, and has nothing to do with ‘militarization,’” Hua said.
“China urges the US side to stop creating tensions and to respect the efforts through negotiations to solve problems by parties concerned,” Hua noted.
“The Chinese government pays great attention to protect and promote human rights. The Chinese people of all nationalities have the freedom of religious belief according to law. Chinese people have the biggest right to speak on how the human rights condition is in China,” Hua stressed.
“China urges the US side to reflect more on domestic human rights issues, instead of interfering in China’s internal affairs with human rights and religious issues,” the spokesperson explained.