US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is a “serious violation of the one-China principle” which will have a “severe impact on the political foundation of China-US relations,” China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday after the speaker landed in Taipei.
The Taiwan Strait was "facing a new round of tensions and severe challenges," because of "repeated moves by the Taiwan authorities and the United States to change the status quo,” the statement said, before accusing the US of “attempting to use Taiwan to contain China.”
“[Pelosi's visit] gravely undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and sends a seriously wrong signal to the separatist forces for 'Taiwan independence.' China firmly opposes and sternly condemns this, and has made serious démarche and strong protest to the US,” the statement added.
In its statement Tuesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry also accused the US of working to "embolden 'Taiwan independence' separatist activities."
"These moves, like playing with fire, are extremely dangerous. Those who play with fire will perish by it," the statement read, repeating language used last week by Chinese leader Xi Jinping during a phone call with US President Joe Biden, where the issue of Taiwan was discussed at length.
Some context: In what is known as the "One China" policy, Washington recognizes the People’s Republic of China as the sole legitimate government of China; it also acknowledges Beijing's position that Taiwan is part of China, but has never accepted the Chinese Communist Party’s claim of sovereignty over the island.
During their call last week, Biden told Xi during that US policy “had not changed,” according to a White House readout, and that the United States "strongly opposes" unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.