China has warned the United States of potentially serious damage to relations between the two countries if Washington does not back down from an upcoming economic meeting with Taiwan, which is expected to be attended by a senior US official, Reuters reported.
Chinese MFA spokesman Wang Wenbin called on the US to end all forms of official exchanges with Taiwan to avoid serious damage to China-US relations, peace, and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
Taiwanese media reported that the Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, Keith Krach is planning to visit the island later this week for economic and commercial dialogue with the Taiwan government.
China considers Taiwan to be part of its territory and is categorically opposed to any official contacts between other countries and the island. [FULL STORY]