By CNN staff
The Chinese government on Thursday reiterated its long-standing opposition to any official and military contact between the United States and Taiwan, responding to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s remarks during a CNN exclusive interview.
Speaking with CNN Tuesday, Tsai became the first Taiwan leader in decades to confirm the presence of US troops on the island for training purposes and said the threat from Beijing is 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 cooperation with the US aiming at increasing our defense capability,” 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 the Taiwan Strait, and warned that “Taiwan independence is a dead end.”
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