BEIJING, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Adhering to the one-China principle is the political foundation to develop China-U.S. ties and a cornerstone for peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, a Chinese government spokesperson said Wednesday.
An Fengshan, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, made the remarks at a press conference, responding to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's recent remarks on the one-China principle.
"Healthy and steady development of China-U.S. ties will be out of the question if the basis of sticking to the one-China principle is disturbed or damaged," An said.
According to An, the Taiwan issue is about China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as China's core interests; breach of the principle will have a serious impact on peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
The spokesperson stressed that there is only one China, and the Chinese mainland and Taiwan belong to one China, which is based irrefutably in law and facts, as well as recognized by the international community.
"Facts will tell these people that Taiwan independence is a dead end," An said.
Reiterating the Chinese mainland's stance against Taiwan independence, An said that "our position against Taiwan independence is steadfast and we are determined, confident and capable of containing Taiwan independence."