China’s foreign ministry Wednesday said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has done serious damage to U.S.-Chinese relations a day after he congratulated the Taiwanese president on her second term. The ministry said Pompeo’s statement “seriously violated” the one-China principle, according to Bloomberg.
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“China urges the US side to immediately correct its mistakes,” the ministry said in a statement posted on its website Wednesday. “The Chinese side will take necessary countermeasures to respond to the above-mentioned erroneous actions by the US side. And the US side should bear the consequences arising therefrom.”
“Her re-election by a huge margin shows that she has earned the respect, admiration, and trust of the people on Taiwan,” Pompeo said in his statement, which was read during her inauguration ceremony, according to Bloomberg. “Her courage and vision in leading Taiwan’s vibrant democracy is an inspiration to the region and the world. As we look toward the future, I am confident that, with President Tsai at the helm, our partnership with Taiwan will continue to flourish.”
Congratulations to Dr. Tsai Ing-wen on the commencement of your second-term as Taiwan’s President. Taiwan’s vibrant democracy is an inspiration to the region and the world. With President Tsai at the helm, our partnership with Taiwan will continue to flourish.— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) May 19, 2020
#China strongly opposes any act aimed at separating the #Taiwan region, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo @SecPompeo sent a congratulatory message to Taiwan's leader Tsai Ing-wen on her inauguration. pic.twitter.com/kCLNCplR2n— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) May 20, 2020
Buckle up, Taiwan. Pompeo just called Tsai "president", and China has vowed to retaliate. Be very careful with your own preparations.https://t.co/1VWGziboNk— Nate Klingenstein (@GlenwoodNate) May 20, 2020
China threatens US after Mike Pompeo sends message of support to Taiwan's president https://t.co/egdquI0SWO— TheBlaze (@theblaze) May 20, 2020