China: No U.S-Taiwan ties under any pretext

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters during a daily briefing that "those who play with fire will get burnt".

U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar attacked China's response to the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday (August 11) and said that if such an outbreak had emerged in Taiwan or the United States it could have been "snuffed out easily".

Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday (August 9) as the highest-level U.S. official to visit in four decades, a trip condemned by China.

Beijing considers Taiwan a breakaway province and has vowed to bring it under its rule, by force if necessary.

Video Transcript

ZHAO LIJIAN: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: We once again warned the US that China is firmly opposed to the US and Taiwan engaging in official exchanges under any pretext. On issues involving China's core interests, some people in the United States must not have any illusions and wishful thinking.

ZHAO LIJIAN: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: Those who play with fire will get burned.

ZHAO LIJIAN: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]