Date: August 6, 2020
By: Cate Cadell, Ben Blanchard
The visit, which begins on Sunday, adds to tensions between Beijing and Washington over everything from trade and human rights to the novel coronavirus pandemic. China calls Taiwan the most sensitive and important issue in its bilateral ties with the United States.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a daily briefing in Beijing that any attempt to deny or challenge the “one China” principle, which states that Taiwan is part of China, would end in failure.
“China will take strong countermeasures in response to the U.S. behaviour,” Wang said, referring to Azar’s visit. [FULL STORY]