Beijing earlier expressed its anger over Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s visit to the United States on Thursday. The president’s arrival triggered protests in New York with Tsai’s opponent chanting slogans.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has issued a warning to Washington on Friday, saying that the United States should refrain from its dealings with Taiwan which he described as ‘playing with fire’.
In the course of his visit to Hungary, China’s top diplomat underlined that no foreign power could prevent China’s reunification with its breakaway province, nor should any force attempt to do so.
Wang’s comments come in response to a planned US weapons sale to Taipei. Last week, the US State Department authorised a $2.2 billion arms sale to the island nation, including anti-aircraft missiles and battle tanks. China, which considers Taiwan a rebel province, condemned the deal and demanded its cancellation.
The foreign minister’s warning also comes as Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen visited New York, prompting fury in Beijing.
China and Taiwan severed relations in 1949. The two states resumed their business and informal ties years later and restored contact via non-governmental organisations.