The one-China principle is the basis of China-US diplomatic relations, and the US should abide by it and the three China-US joint communiqués, cease official and military contact with the island of Taiwan, as well as other words and actions that disrupt the peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the remarks in response to a question about US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's claims last week that "Taiwan has not been a part of China" and the US State Department's statement that the US observed the three China-US joint communiqués as well as its "Taiwan relations act" and "six assurances."
Zhao said at Monday's routine press conference that there is only one China in the world, Taiwan is a part of China and the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China. "Those are basic facts, basic principles of international relations and the basis for China-US diplomatic ties," Zhao said.
The US acknowledges the PRC as the only legal government representing China and based on that, Americans can have cultural, business and other non-official relations with Taiwan residents, Zhao said.
The so-called "Taiwan relations act" and "six assurances" were unilaterally formulated by the US, which seriously violated the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiqués. They are blatant interference in China's internal affairs, and have been illegal and invalid from the very beginning, Zhao stressed.
"We sternly warn the US again that any actions jeopardizing China's core interests and interfering in China's internal affairs will face firm countermeasures and will not stop the historical trend of the reunification of China," Zhao noted.
The US should abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiqués, stop any form of official or military contact with the island of Taiwan, and stop words and actions that disrupt the peace and stability of the Taiwan Straits. It should not go further down the wrong and dangerous path, Zhao said.