Beijing: Beijing on Wednesday warned Washington “not to play with fire”.
Beijing has been infuriated by the US visit to Taiwan, which it sees as part of its territory, as US-China relations plunge to a record low over a range of issues from trade to military and the coronavirus pandemic.
Beijing slammed the visit Wednesday and said it “firmly opposes official exchanges between the US and Taiwan under any pretext”.
“On issues involving China’s core interests, some people in the US must not harbour illusions, those who play with fire will get burned,” said foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian at a regular press briefing.
“I would also like to remind the Taiwan authorities not to be subservient to others, to rely on the support of foreigners, and to be bent on pursuing independence, which is a dead end,” Zhao said.
Beijing insists that Taiwan — which has been self-ruled since 1949 — is part of “one China” and has vowed to react with force if it ever formally declares independence.