China condemns British lawmakers' visit to Taiwan

China condemns British lawmakers' visit to Taiwan

BEIJING: China's embassy in Britain condemned a visit by British lawmakers to Taiwan this week, saying they were insisting on visiting the island despite China's strong opposition.

Taiwan's Presidential Office said that a group of six lawmakers from the British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group would meet President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei on Monday.

China views Taiwan as its own territory, and has been ramping up military, political and economic pressure to assert those claims.

A statement from China's Embassy in London said that the lawmakers have insisted on visiting the Taiwan region of China despite China's resolute opposition. This is a gross interference in China's internal affairs and a serious wrong signal to Taiwan independence separatist forces.

It added, without elaborating, that we want to tell the relevant British politicians that any act that harms China's interests will definitely be countered by China.

Taiwan's government rejects China's sovereignty claims, saying only Taiwan's people can decide their future.