Washington, Jan. 16 (CNA) Chief U.S. Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson voiced Washington's opposition to any unilateral action to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, during a recent visit to China, an official said Wednesday.
During a meeting in Beijing Tuesday with Li Zuocheng (李作成), a member of China's Central Military Commission, Richardson said the U.S. remains committed to its "One China Policy" based on the three joint U.S.-China communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act, CNO spokeswoman Jackie Pau said in an emailed response to CNA.
"We are opposed to any unilateral changes to the status quo by either side of the strait," Richardson told Li, according to Pau.
According to a press statement released Tuesday by China's Ministry of National Defense, at the meeting Li said the Taiwan issue is an internal affair that is of "core interest" to China, related to the "national feelings of the Chinese people" and "allows no external interference."
"If anyone tries to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese military will do whatever it takes to safeguard national reunification, national sovereignty and territorial integrity," Li said.
Richardson began his visit to China Jan. 13 at the invitation of Vice Admiral of the Chinese Navy Shen Jinlong (沈金龍).