China warns United States over news reports that American forces are stationed in Taiwan

By Washington Post

China reiterated calls for the United States to cut off military ties with Taiwan on Friday in a cautious response to reports that U.S. Marines have been stationed on the self-ruled island for more than a year to strengthen its defenses against intensifying Chinese aggression.

Asked about the reports, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian avoided attacks on Washington, instead repeating standard Beijing talking points that the United States should recognize the “high sensitivity” of the issue and halt military contact with Taiwan. “China will take all necessary measures to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said.

China claims the island of 24 million people as part of its own sovereign territory, threatening to take control by force if Taiwan formally declares independence. But proudly democratic Taiwan considers itself a country and has shown no interest in submitting to Communist Party rule.

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