China urges U.S. to halt support for Taiwan independence amid leadership transition

China’s State Council Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson, Chen Binhua, strongly condemned U.S. support for Taiwan’s independence, urging immediate correction of what he termed “wrong signals” and warning against interference in Taiwan affairs.

In a stern rebuke directed at the United States, a Chinese government spokesperson, Chen Binhua, condemned what he termed as “wrong signals” being sent to separatist forces advocating for “Taiwan independence.” Chen’s comments come amid escalated tensions following the participation of U.S. and other nations’ representatives in Lai Ching-te’s inauguration as Taiwan’s new leader.

Addressing a media query, Chen, a spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, expressed China’s firm opposition to any official exchanges between Taiwan and countries that maintain diplomatic relations with China. He emphasized China’s condemnation of any interference in Taiwan affairs, urging immediate correction of such actions.

“We urge the U.S. side and relevant countries to immediately correct their mistakes and stop sending wrong signals to separatist forces seeking ‘Taiwan independence,'” Chen stated emphatically.

Highlighting the stance of the Chinese government, Chen underscored that attempts by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities in Taiwan to solicit foreign support for independence were futile. He warned against external interference, affirming China’s commitment to its “irreversible trend of reunification.”

The remarks from the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson reflect China’s staunch opposition to perceived attempts at bolstering Taiwan’s autonomy on the global stage. The presence of foreign dignitaries at Lai Ching-te’s inauguration has drawn Beijing’s ire, signalling continued friction in cross-strait relations.

As tensions persist, the statements from Chinese officials further underscore the complexities surrounding Taiwan’s status and the delicate balance of power in the region.