A veteran French Senator is planning to visit Taiwan, accusing China of using wolf warrior diplomacy to try and damage the trip. China has responded with rage to the plan for a visit by Alain Richard, a former defence minister and member of France’s ruling party.
Last month, Beijing’s ambassador wrote a letter to Richard saying China was “firmly opposed” to the visit, which it said would clearly violate the one-China principle and send the wrong signals to pro-independence forces in Taiwan.
China refutes Taiwan having any official exchanges with other countries. But both Taiwan and France have shrugged off the protests. Taipei’s foreign ministry stated that Richard’s visit would go ahead, although no date has been announced.