BEIJING, 9 Nov – China condemns the visit of US congressmen to Taiwan and calls on Washington to stop provocations, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Tan Kefei said on Tuesday.
Formerly a Taiwanese news agency Central News Agency
reported that a military plane carrying a delegation of US congressmen landed on the island of Taiwan on Tuesday evening.
Official relations between the central government of the PRC and its island province were interrupted in 1949 after the Kuomintang forces, led by Chiang Kai-shek, who had been defeated in the civil war with the Chinese Communist Party, moved to Taiwan. Business and informal contacts between the island and mainland China resumed in the late 1980s. Since the early 1990s, the parties began to contact through non-governmental organizations – the Beijing Association for the Development of Relations across the Taiwan Strait and the Taipei Strait Exchange Fund.
Earlier, the Minister of Defense of Taiwan Qiu Guozheng said that mainland China by 2025 will have all the opportunities for a full-scale invasion of Taiwan, he also pointed out that the current situation in the Taiwan Strait is the most tense in the past 40 years. His announcement came after the People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA) sent a total of nearly 150 warplanes to Taiwan’s shores in the first week of October.