Jan. 11 (UPI) — China accused the USA of violating the “one-China precept” after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned Saturday previous pointers on U.S.-Taiwan relations are “null and void.”

Beijing’s overseas ministry mentioned Monday Pompeo was “manipulating Taiwan-related points” and the USA ought to stop “going additional down the flawed and harmful path.”

“In any other case they are going to be harshly punished by historical past,” mentioned spokesman Zhao Lijian at an everyday press briefing.

On Saturday, Pompeo mentioned the State Division was canceling insurance policies that require written permission for senior-ranking U.S. army officers and diplomats to go to Taiwan. The US’ U.N. envoy is anticipated to go to Taipei.

“The US authorities took these [past] actions unilaterally, in an try to appease the Communist regime in Beijing. No extra,” Pompeo mentioned.

Zhao mentioned the USA had made a “solemn dedication to the Chinese language facet” on Taiwan in 1978.

The China-U.S. joint communiqué on the institution of diplomatic relations “clearly stipulates that, ‘The US of America acknowledges the federal government of the Folks’s Republic of China as the only authorized authorities of China,'” Zhao mentioned.

“The US ought to honor its dedication and never misread or deviate from it beneath any pretext.”

The Trump administration has disregarded Beijing’s opposition to nearer U.S.-Taiwan ties. Pompeo described Taiwan as a democracy that respects “particular person freedom, the rule of legislation, and a respect for human dignity. Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is to go to Taiwan, making her the primary U.S. envoy to the U.N. to go to the island nation after 1971, based on Bloomberg.

Taiwan has welcomed the transfer. On Twitter, Taiwanese Overseas Minister Joseph Wu thanked Pompeo for “lifting restrictions unnecessarily limiting our engagements.”

Chinese language state tabloid International Instances mentioned the assertion from Pompeo was shifting the 2 of the world’s greatest economies into deeper battle.

Track Guoyou, deputy director of the Heart for American Research at Fudan College in China, informed the paper it’s doubtless the USA will more and more disregard the three joint communiqués signed by the 2 international locations.