Chinese officials condemn Ed Markey’s visit to Taiwan


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Chinese officials have criticized Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., for leading an unannounced delegation of lawmakers to Taiwan.

“Ignoring China’s repeated protests and strong opposition, US lawmaker Ed Markey insisted on visiting the Chinese region of Taiwan, which clearly violates the one-China principle and China-US joint communiques, it is an intrusion into China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the Consul General of China in Karachi said Li Bijian on Twitter.

The comments come after a group of five US lawmakers landed in Taiwan on Sunday, less than two weeks after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi became the highest ranking US official to visit the country in more than 20 years.

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Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey.
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Pelosi’s trip was quickly condemned by the Chinese, who launched a series of military exercises in the Taiwan Strait in response.

The group of lawmakers, which includes Democratic Representatives John Garamendi of California, Alan Lowenthal of California and Don Beyer of Virginia, and Republican Representative Amata Radewagen of American Samoa, met with Taiwanese officials on Sunday, who enthusiastically welcomed American visitors .

“Vice Minister Yui extended the warmest welcome to Taiwan’s longtime friend Senator Markey and his cross-party delegation,” Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said on Twitter on Sunday. “We thank like-minded U.S. lawmakers for their timely visit and unwavering support.”

But the visit has sparked a new round of impassioned rhetoric from Chinese officials, who say the self-governing island is part of Chinese territory. The United States has agreed not to have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but has long provided support to the island, with the aim of helping it defend against China.

In this photo provided by Chinese news agency Xinhua, a member of the People's Liberation Army looks through binoculars during military exercises as the Taiwanese frigate Lan Yang is seen astern.

In this photo provided by Chinese news agency Xinhua, a member of the People’s Liberation Army looks through binoculars during military exercises as the Taiwanese frigate Lan Yang is seen astern.
(Lin Jian/Xinhua via AP)

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“China firmly opposes any kind of official ties between the United States and the Taiwan region,” the Chinese ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations said on Twitter on Monday. , Deng Xijun. “China will take countermeasures in response to US provocations to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

China renewed its large-scale military exercises in response to the visit.




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