Font-size: big middle smallCurrent Place: Headline

China urges EU to deal with Taiwan-related issues with prudence

BRUSSELS, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday urged the European Union(EU) to honor its commitment to the one-China principle, deal with Taiwan-related issues with prudence, and refrain from having any form of official exchanges or signing any official agreement with Taiwanese authorities.

"The EU side should bear in mind the overall interests of China-EU relations," said a spokesperson of Chinese Mission to the EU, while commenting on the reported EU intention to explore launching negotiations on investment with Taiwan.

"We do not object non-official trade and culture exchanges between Taiwan and countries or international entities having diplomatic relations with China, but oppose the development of official ties in any form," the spokesperson said.

Noting that the Taiwan question involves China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and bears on China's core interests, the spokesperson said that respect for China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and adherence to the one-China principle has been the EU's long-standing political commitment.

Media reports said the European Commission will explore launching negotiations on investment with Taiwan, as outlined in its latest trade policy communication released on Oct. 14.