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The Chinese government on Thursday reiterated its long-standing opposition to any official and military contact between the United States and Taiwan and responded to statements made by Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen during an exclusive CNN interview.
Speaking to CNN on Tuesday, Tsai became the first Taiwanese head of state in decades to confirm the presence of US troops on the island for training purposes and said the threat from Beijing was growing “every day”.
Tsai did not confirm the number of US military personnel in Taiwan, but said it was “not as many as people thought”.
“We have a wide range of collaborations with the US aimed at increasing our defense capabilities,” she added.
When asked about Tsai’s comments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin stressed the importance of the “one China” principle as the foundation of US-China relations and accused the US of destabilizing the region by “flexing its muscles” in it the cross strait. and warned that “Taiwan’s independence is a dead end”.
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