China warns it ‘may take revenge’ if U.S. keeps screwing around with Taiwan

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen swung through Texas on her way to Central America and met with Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Greg Abbott, where, according to Cruz, the three “discussed our mutual opportunity to upgrade the stature of our bilateral relations.” ABC News reported “arms sales, diplomatic exchanges, and economic ties” were among the specific topics addressed.

Normally, none of this would be of particular note: U.S. lawmakers have met with Taiwanese presidents in the past. These are not normal times, however. Thanks to President-elect Trump’s call with Tsai shortly after his election — which represented a huge breach of diplomatic protocol with China and threatened to destabilize relations before Trump’s tenure in the White House even began — any contact between U.S. and Taiwan politicians is being heavily scrutinized by Beijing.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a conference Monday that China was opposed to any meetings between the Taiwanese president and “anyone from the U.S. government.” The Global Times, a state-sponsored communist paper, went further, saying that the China One policy was “an obligation of U.S. presidents to maintain China-U.S. relations and respect the existing order of the Asia-Pacific.

“If Trump reneges on the ‘One China’ policy after taking office, the Chinese people will demand the government to take revenge,” the statement continued. “There is no room for bargaining.”

Taking a cue from PEOTUS, Senator Cruz responded by essentially taking his dick out and swinging it around like a windmill. “[China] needs to understand that in America we make decisions about meeting with visitors for ourselves,” Cruz said.

And that’s how you deteriorate an already tense relationship between two of the world’s largest military powers in a matter of weeks.

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