Reuters / FW1F / Jonathan Oatis
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the United States will pay a “heavy price” for its “mistakes” in cases involving Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chun Ying said that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent remarks “explicitly violate the main principles governing international relations, interfere in China’s internal affairs and its judicial sovereignty and violate the one-China principle and the three articles of the China-US joint communique.” .
Hua emphasized, “There is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory,” and that the government of the People’s Republic of China is the “only legitimate government representing China.”
“China strongly opposes any form of official exchanges between the United States and Taiwan, and this position is consistent and clear,” she added.
Regarding the Hong Kong case, Hua said, Hong Kong is “a society governed by the rule of law as all persons are equal before the law and no one escapes with punishment.”
“We urge the United States to immediately stop interfering in Chinese internal affairs, harm Chinese interests and undermine bilateral relations. China will take all necessary measures to protect its sovereignty and security interests with determination. The US side will certainly pay a heavy price for these mistakes,” Hua added.
Pompeo had stated that the United States would consider imposing sanctions and other restrictions on all individuals and entities involved in the arrest of more than 50 people in Hong Kong, while US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft will visit Taiwan.