(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) TOKYO, Aug 5 (KUNA) -- China has summoned European envoys and Japanese envoy over a statement issued by the Group of Seven (G-7) and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy regarding Taiwan, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Friday.
Vice Foreign Minister Deng Li summoned European envoys on Thursday and said China firmly opposes to the G-7 statement and staged a solemn representation, the ministry said in a statement, according to the official Global Times.
'US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan is a blatant political maneuver and serious intrusion of China's sovereignty and territorial integrity,' Deng told European envoys, adding China surely has to respond with no hesitation.
The EU side has not dissuaded and condemned the US for instigating an attempt to split China and escalate the cross-Straits tensions, instead, it claimed that 'there is no change in the respective one China policies, where applicable, and basic positions on Taiwan of the G-7 members,' said Deng.
The ministry also summoned Japanese Ambassador to China Hideo Tarumi on Thursday for Japan's position with the G-7 and EU concerning the Taiwan. 'It seriously violated basic rules governing international relations and four China-Japan political documents,' the ministry said.
In a joint statement released on Wednesday, the G-7 foreign ministers of Britain, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and the US, plus the EU criticized China for using military intimidation to express its strong discontent with Pelosi's visit to Taiwan. 'There is no justification to use a visit as pretext for aggressive military activity in the Taiwan Strait,' the ministers said, urging Beijing to de-escalate tensions near the Taiwan Strait in a peaceful manner.
Pelosi, who is second in line to the US presidency, visited Taiwan on Tuesday during her five-nation Asian tour that has also taken her to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. Her trip to Taiwan was the first in 25 years by a US House speaker. China and Taiwan separated after a civil war in 1949, but Beijing sees the island as its territory. (end)
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