China warned on Tuesday that it would respond with "strong measures" if the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, visits the breakaway province of Taiwan in August.
"China firmly opposes any form of official exchange between the United States and Taiwan," Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a press conference.
He stated that his country will take "resolute and energetic" measures to defend its sovereignty, while noting that the United States will be entirely responsible "for the resulting consequences."
In June, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe stated that his country would not hesitate to start a war if Taiwan declares independence.
Zhao said that if Pelosi travels to Taiwan it will seriously violate the one-China principle and send "wrong signals to separatists" in Taiwan.
The visit of Pelosi, a member of the Democratic Party of which President Joe Biden is also a part, has not been announced by her or her team, but according to the media it would be scheduled for August.
On the other hand, the Chinese Ministry of Defense presented a note of protest to the US representatives for its contract with Taiwan that provides for the sale of weapons worth almost 108 million dollars, he reported. Latin press.
He called the action a serious violation of the One China principle and the statements that underpin bilateral relations, as well as interference in Beijing's internal affairs and security interests.
Specifically, the US has been carrying out a plan since 2019 to supply military equipment to Taiwan in the order of 2.000 million dollars.
This month, China denounced the policy of double standard used by the United States regarding the situation in Taiwan, whom Washington uses "to interrupt and contain the development" of Beijing.
Relations between China and Taiwan were suspended in 1949, after the forces of the Chinese nationalist Kuomintang party, led by Chiang Kai-shek, suffered a defeat in the civil war against the Communist Party of China and moved to the island of Taiwan. .
China considers Taiwan as its rebel province, despite the fact that the island became independent and has the support of the United States government and the European Union (EU).
Taiwan has retained the flag and various other ROC symbols that existed before the communists took control of the mainland. Beijing considers the island as one of its provinces.