The Chinese Foreign Ministry has logged a formal complaint to the U.S. on Monday after three U.S. senators met with senior Taiwanese officials during a bipartisan three hours trip on Sunday to express their support for the island and to announce the donation of 750,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine to help control the virus outbreak in the region.
Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry, has announced that the country has filed “solemn representations” with the U.S. over the visit of three American senators – Democrats Tammy Duckworth and Christopher Coons and Republican Dan Sullivan- in open defiance of China, which has sovereignty over the island.
The state-run nationalist tabloid Global Times has previously quoted international relations expert Lu Xiang as saying the visit was “the most serious provocation” from the U.S. since Biden took office, and that the mainland “will not sit idly by.”
According to the experts the newspaper was talking with, China should draw a clearer red line on the Taiwan question including barring foreign politicians and officials who have crossed the line to enter China, and banning Chinese companies to have any dealings with them.
It was expected the donation to draw the ire of Beijing, which has bridled at Taipei’s apparent refusal to accept its offer of Chinese-made coronavirus vaccines and accusations that Beijing of blocking its efforts to purchase vaccines internationally, CNN wrote.
“We will be by your side to make sure the people of Taiwan have what they need to get to the other side of the pandemic and beyond,” Duckworth said speaking after the arrival, declaring that the U.S. “will not let [Taiwan] stand alone” and offering support in its recovery from the virus.
The Chinese government has been critical of the U.S. in the past for engaging in direct diplomatic discussions with Taiwan, claiming that the island has no right to participate in state-to-state talks and pointing that under the internationally-recognized “One China” policy, almost all world countries – including the U.S. – recognize Chinese sovereignty over the self-ruled island.
Washington has no formal relations with Taipei, but it is the island’s largest weapons supplier and an avid backer of Taiwan’s secessionist president Tsai Ing-wen.