In a 90-minute phone call with US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said on Thursday that Washington needs to “stop erroneous words and deeds.”
He called on Washington to “avoid taking dangerous moves that may escalate the situation,” in Taiwan and the South China Sea.
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced on Wednesday that Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar will be leading a delegation to Taiwan on an upcoming visit to meet with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.
China, which has sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan, was angered by the announcement.
Under the “One China” policy, almost all world countries recognize Beijing's sovereignty.
The US also recognizes Chinese sovereignty over the island but has long courted Taipei in an attempt to counter Beijing.
Tsai, however, welcomed the US diplomat’s trip to Taiwan as “another testament to the strong Taiwan-US partnership.”
Washington, which has no formal diplomatic relations with Taipei by law, is the island’s largest weapons supplier and an avid backer of Taiwan’s secessionist president Tsai, causing increasing tensions with Beijing over trade and a host of other issues.
Esper accuses China of 'destabilizing' activity
Esper, for his part, once again accused Beijing of conducting "destabilizing" activity near Taiwan and the South China Sea.