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China warns U.S. about crossing 'red line' on Taiwan independence

Foreign Minister Qin Gang heaps blame on Washington for deteriorating ties

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang on March 7 in Beijing says "the Taiwan question is ... the first redline that must not be crossed in China-U.S. relations." (Photo by Yusuke Hinata)

BEIJING -- Beijing warned Washington on Tuesday that interfering with Taiwan's future is the "first red line" in Sino-U.S. relations, as ties plunge to new lows.

During a two-hour press briefing that touched on the Ukraine conflict, Japan-China relations and a recent spat over a suspected Chinese spy balloon, China's Foreign Minister Qin Gang repeated Beijing's claim that Taiwan was part of its territory and could be taken by force, if necessary.

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