Sputnik News – March 19, 2018
An editorial in China’s state-run Global Times has announced that Beijing “will and should” respond to US President Donald Trump’s signing of the Taiwan Travel Act on Friday with “military pressure.”
“China will and should take timely countermeasures against the US and all ‘Taiwan independence’ secessionist forces through diplomatic and military means if US legislation that encourages high-level contact between the US and the island of Taiwan is implemented,” the Global Times reported Sunday.
Xu Guangyu, a retired People’s Liberation Army general, told the Global Times that “the passing of the act is a serious political provocation, as it has crossed the ‘red line’ and will thoroughly undermine relations” between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the US. Liu Weidong, a researcher with the Institute of American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, noted for the same article that China would have no choice but to respond to increasing closeness between Washington and Taipei with counter moves that will strongly affect the US.