Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council. (Photo/China News Service)
The mainland firmly opposes any form of official exchanges or military ties between the United States and Taiwan after a U.S. Navy research vessel docked at Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan on Monday, a mainland official said on Wednesday.
"Our position is consistent and clear as always," Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, told a regular news conference.
The island's "military authorities" said on Tuesday that the U.S. vessel is unrelated to military activity, and it is visiting Taiwan for joint scientific research with a Taiwan university.