Chinese Embassy in US opposes US lawmakers' Taiwan visit

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Chinese Embassy in US opposes US lawmakers' Taiwan visit

WASHINGTON - The Chinese Embassy in the United States expressed strong opposition to the ongoing visit by six US lawmakers in both chambers of Congress to China's Taiwan region.

A spokesman for the embassy said the visit violated the One-China principle and the stipulations of the three Sino-US Joint Communiques, and was responding to a request from the media. The US side must immediately stop all forms of official interactions with Taiwan and not send wrong signals to the 'Taiwan independence' separatist forces, as well as the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, as well as the one-China policy, according to the one-China principle and the three Sino-US Joint Communiques.

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The Chinese side will take strong measures to resolutely safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity, the spokesperson said.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, and Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican serving as a ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, arrived in Taiwan on Thursday.

A Chinese mainland spokesman has also urged the US government to fulfill its commitment to not support Taiwan independence with real actions instead of saying one thing and doing another.

For some time now, the US administration and Congress have been making repeated provocations on the Taiwan question, and increasingly playing the Taiwan card, attempting to use Taiwan to contain China and undermine China's process of national rejuvenation, said Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council.

Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party authority and separatist elements that advocated for Taiwan independence ingratiated themselves with the visiting US lawmakers. The move cannot change the fact that Taiwan is a part of China, nor can it stand in the way of the complete reunification of the motherland and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, Ma noted.