China slams Pelosi’s Taiwan trip

ISTANBUL

China raged against the United States on Tuesday over a potential trip by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in rare harsh remarks directed at Washington, accused US politicians of “openly playing with fire” on the Taiwan issue and “becoming enemies of the 1.4 billion Chinese, which will never end well”.

“Some American politicians only care about their own interests,” Wang said, referring to a possible unofficial trip to the self-governing island nation, home to more than 24 million people, by Pelosi later in the day.

The senior Chinese diplomat said the one-China principle “is the universal consensus of the international community, the political foundation of China’s exchanges with other countries, the core of China’s interests, and a red line and an insurmountable bottom line”.

Pelosi is expected to travel to Taiwan on Tuesday evening despite warnings from China of the consequences.

She is expected to land at Taipei Songshan Airport around 10:20 p.m. local time (2:20 p.m. GMT).

She is on an official trip to Asia with stops in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea, with no official mention of Taiwan.

Beijing released a statement citing Wang’s interaction with the media today.

“Some people in the United States have challenged China’s sovereignty over the Taiwan issue, undermining the one-China policy and even deliberately causing unrest in the Taiwan Strait,” Wang said, warning that the Chinese people “will never accept this, and the international community laughs at these unprovoked provocations”.

He said, “The exposure of the tyrannical face of the United States to the world can only make people in all countries realize that the United States is the greatest destroyer of peace today.

Wang added, “The US side’s betrayal on the Taiwan issue is deplorable and can only further ruin US national credibility.”

China regards Taiwan as a “separatist province”, while Taipei has insisted on its independence since 1949, enjoying full diplomatic relations with 14 nations.

Pelosi, after visiting Malaysia early on Tuesday, left the Southeast Asian nation with no information on his next destination.

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