China on October 13 expressed strong opposition to former Taiwan leader Lee Teng-hui's visit to the United States and have lodged solemn representations to the US.
"We are strongly opposed to that the United States is allowing Lee Teng-hui to tour it," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan at a regular press conference.
Kong urged the US to adhere to the one-China policy, observe the three Sino-US joint communiques and follow its commitment to discourage "Taiwan independence."
He demanded that the US should not send any wrong signals suggesting it supports "Taiwan independence."
Lee Teng-hui, former Taiwan leader and Kuomintang Chairman, has long been engaged in activities of "Taiwan independence." According to a schedule, Lee will deliver a speech on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
"The separatist activities of Lee Teng-hui and those like him go against the aspirations of the whole Chinese people, including Taiwan compatriots, and is condemned and doomed to failure," Kong said.
The spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office under the State Council today also voiced indignations over US approval of Lee's visit.
"We oppose Lee's visit in the United States in whatever form orname," said the Spokesman Li Weiyi. "We oppose him using the opportunity of the visit in continuing to spread destructive views on cross-Straits relations advocating the independence of Taiwan."