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na, and the one-China principle is the foundation of China-US relations and an international consensus,” Shao said.
“The US side has conducted a series of negative rhetoric and actions regarding the Taiwan questi
on, violated the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques,” he said.
“This has undermined China’s sovereignty and security, sent a seriously wrong message to
Taiwan secessionists, and disrupted regional peace and stability,” Shao said, adding that China must, and will be, reunified.
d, the Chinese military will adamantly protect its territorial integrity at all costs,” he said.
As for the South China Sea, Shanahan accused China of undermini
ng freedom of navigation and overflight in the region, and militarizing the local islands.
First, China has undisputable sovereignty over islands and their surrounding waters in the South China Sea, backed by a wealth of historical and legal basis,” Shao said.
For a long period of time, various nations’ normal passage and flight in the region have never been obstructed. “There i
s no issue over the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea,” he said.
However, the US has frequently sent vessels and aircraft to trespass into Chinese mar
itime territory and airspace, and has conducted intense intelligence gathering and special drills in the region.
“These actions damage the peace and security of the region,” Shao said. “As a result, the PLA
has installed necessary defense equipment on the islands in accordance with security needs. This is within
the natural rights of a sovereign state, and a necessary measure to counter those provocative actions.”
trade, they could decline by 0.134 percent, 0.323 percent and 0.869 percent. Th
e US tariff hikes therefore will increase the economic pain of the US and world economies.
Agricultural products, chemicals and chemical products, textiles and g
arments are the main US items targeted by China’s higher tariffs. But despite the higher tar
iffs providing some protection for domestic industries, Chinese consumers might have to pay more to purchase them.
In the first four months of this year, the volume of Sino-US trade dropped by 15.7 percent to $161.23 billion. In terms of product
structure, US exports of raw materials and foods to China saw the biggest decline, among which the export of so
ybeans plummeted by half in March compared with the same period last year. And US exports of plant products, mi
nerals, jewelry and precious metals declined by more than 85 percent in the first quarter.
an independent choice based on the objective need of the country’s reform and development.
This is helpful in promoting high-quality growth, meeting the people’s need
s for a better life and promoting peace, stability and development of the world, he said.
China also hopes that other countries will create a good investment environment, treat Chinese enterpris
es, students and scholars equally and create a friendly environment for their normal international exchange activities, Xi said.
Xi pledged to take stronger measures to promote international cooperation in protecting intellectual pro
perty, which he said is not only crucial to protecting the legal rights of companies but also to promoting high-quality growth.
China will enhance policy coordination with the world’s major economic entities and j
ointly promote the robust, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth of the global economy, he said