China blasts India over Taiwan trade deal as Beijing warns army is ‘ready to strike’

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Taiwan and India were reportedly set to start negotiating a trade agreement. In turn, China urged India to engage with Taiwan “prudently and properly” as it would “firmly oppose” official discussions between both sides.

When asked about the reported India-Taiwan discussions at a daily briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said: “There is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory.

“The one-China principle is the universal consensus of the international community, including India, and it is also the political basis for China to develop relations with any country.

“China firmly opposes any form of official exchanges between any country that has diplomatic ties with Taiwan, and the signing of any agreement of an official nature.

“The Indian side should strictly abide by the one-China principle and handle the Taiwan issue prudently and properly.”

His warning comes as tensions between China and India escalate in the border region of Ladakh.

Despite the introduction of a five-point consensus, India and China have ramped up their military drills in preparation for a potential clash in the region.

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, posted a warning to India on Twitter claiming the PLA was “ready to strike a heavy blow to Indian troops”.

The editor also shared a video of PLA troops in a military exercise, before detailing increased Chinese military drills.

He said: “PLA is training attacking tanks in Tibet region.

“Yes, it targets China-India border situation.

“China hopes the five-point consensus reached between the two foreign ministers can be implemented, but is ready to strike a heavy blow to Indian troops if they refuse to implement it.”

Mr Zhao was asked about the meeting between Lobsang Sangay, who leads the Central Tibetan Authority in exile in India, and Robert Destro in the US State Department in Washington.

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The official said: “Tibet affairs are purely China’s internal affairs, and no external forces are allowed to interfere.

“The establishment of the so-called ‘Special Coordinator for Tibetan Affairs’ by the United States was entirely out of political manipulation and aimed to interfere in China’s internal affairs and undermine Tibet’s development and stability.

“China has always resolutely opposed this and has never recognised it, and has lodged solemn representations with the US.”

He labelled the “so-called ‘Tibetan government in exile’” as a “separatist political organisation” that is “organised and has a program that vainly seeks to achieve ‘Tibet independence.’”

He added: “It completely violates the Chinese Constitution and laws and has not been recognised by any country in the world.

“As its leader, Lobsang Sangay is a complete anti-China separatist.

“China firmly opposes Lobsang Sangay’s anti-China separatist activities in any country in any capacity and in any name, and firmly opposes any contact between officials of any country in any form.”

He also demanded that the US “immediately stop using Tibet-related issues to interfere in China’s internal affairs and undermine Tibet’s development and stability, and stop providing any support for ‘Tibet independence’ forces in their anti-China separatist activities. China will take all necessary measures to defend its own interests.”

The meeting was perceived as a move that could escalate tensions between the US and China.

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