Lu Kang, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said Monday that Beijing had "lamented and strongly protested" the meeting and called on the US to end "official exchanges or improvements in material relations with Taiwan." ,
Taiwan and China were separated after the end of a bloody civil war in 1
"The one-China principle is the political basis for China-US relations." Said Lu. "We strongly oppose the US's formal contact with Taiwan in any form and under any pretext.
" We are also strongly opposed to any attempt, & # 39; two of China's & # 39; or & # 39; a China, a Taiwan & # 39; to accomplish. This is our clear and consistent position. "
While China and the US are in a tense trade war, Washington has built stronger ties with Taiwan, the island that sees China as a renegade province.
Beijing's comments came when Taiwan began its annual Han Kuang exercise on Tuesday. The military exercises are designed to ensure the island's preparedness for an invasion of the Communist People's Liberation Army (PLA).
President Tsai watches as the Air Force landed F-16V aircraft on a highway to the east of Changhua County. Test the military's tank and rearmament capacity when key airfields on the island are occupied or destroyed by the PLA.
Hundreds of Taiwanese citizens flocked to the side of the road to watch the exercise, flag flags and show banners showing their support for the island's air force.