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China tells US not to ‘play the Taiwan card’ as it is a ‘losing hand’ as lawmakers visit island

Bipartisan lawmakers traveled to Taiwan on Thursday, a move that angered those in power in China. Beijing considers the disputed island to be part of its territory and has not allowed a reunion.

After the visit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian reminded the United States “not to play Taiwan’s card because it is a bad card and a losing hand,” during the visit. a press briefing. He reminded the United States not to violate one-China policy, or to send the wrong idea about “Taiwan independence.”

The five American lawmakers paid a surprise visit to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, which strengthened relations between the eastern country and the United States. It was the second visit to Taiwan in a month.

After the visit to Taiwan was announced, “my office received a direct message from the Chinese Embassy, ​​telling me to cancel the trip,” said Michigan Democratic Representative Elissa Slotkin. Twitter.

The meeting with Taiwan’s president and top leaders also included California Democratic Representatives Mark Takano and Sara Jacobs, as well as Texas Representative Colin Allred and Republican Representative from South Carolina Nancy Mace.

“I’m halfway through my visit to Taiwan and it’s clear this place is booming,” Michigan Rep Elissa Slotkin wrote on Twitter.

“The courage and determination of the people, led by their dynamic president (frankly, kick-a **) is downright inspiring – and I don’t inspire easily. Democratic values ​​matter again and again, ”she said, snubbing China’s authoritarian policies.

Representative Takano said the island is a “force for good” and that relations between the United States and Taiwan are “rock solid and have remained unshakable as the bonds between us have deepened.”

The visit marks the third time that U.S. lawmakers have visited Taiwanese soil this year, first in June to donate vaccines, as the country was in short supply.

In October, US Representative to Taiwan Sandra Oudkirk, Director of the American Institute, said, “The United States is committed to helping Taiwan in self-defense.

Beijing strongly objected to Ms. Oudkirk’s comments: “Do not play with fire, or it will have a severe impact on Sino-US relations and the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait,” the Chinese ministry said. of Foreign Affairs in a statement to Reuters.

Taiwan has been self-governing since a civil war in 1949, but tensions between Taiwan and China have increased in recent years and fears of a large-scale Chinese invasion have heightened.

Taiwanese Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said in October that the military tensions were the “worst in 40 years” between the two.

Taiwan said dozens of Chinese military planes have been flown into the Taiwan Defense Zone in recent weeks.

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