China’s foreign ministry says it will not take any legal action against the United States over Taiwan, where Beijing considers the island a breakaway province.
The comments from Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang were reported by China Central Television on Monday, the first official confirmation by the ministry of a response to President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the Taiwanese island as part of China.
The decision, which came after a month of escalating tensions, sparked protests and threats of economic sanctions.
China has been seeking to isolate Taiwan, which it considers a break-away province, by slapping a range of trade sanctions on its trading partners.
The U.S. has imposed dozens of similar measures, and both countries have accused each other of meddling in other countries’ internal affairs.
China also has warned that it could act to restrict the movement of people, goods and technology through Taiwan, and it has imposed travel bans and other measures on Taiwanese, including people who are citizens of the two nations.