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China lashes out against Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan

US House speaker planned to visit Taiwan on Sunday before contracting COVID

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Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang.

Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光) blasted the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Thursday (April 7) for its close ties with the U.S., following news of Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi’s planned trip to Taiwan.

In a written statement, Ma said the DPP government "relies on the U.S. to seek independence" and some people in the U.S. government are constantly undermining the "one China" principle and the three U.S.-Sino joint communiques. He also accused the U.S. of playing the "Taiwan card" in order to control China and "increasing Taiwan-U.S. collusion" to engage in Taiwanese separatist activities, further exacerbating tension and turmoil in the Taiwan Strait, CNA reported.

He warned Taiwan to immediately stop colluding with “external forces” to seek independence. Ma also said that if Pelosi visits Taiwan, the U.S. will thereby seriously damage China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Additionally, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian (趙立堅) said at a regular press conference Thursday afternoon that China firmly opposes any official exchanges between the U.S. and Taiwan. "The U.S. Congress is an integral part of the U.S. government and should strictly abide by the 'one China' policy,” he said.

Pelosi was reportedly planning to visit Taiwan on Sunday (April 10). However, on Thursday night, the House speaker was confirmed with COVID-19 and her travel plans were canceled.