Sherman met with the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi on a visit to Tianjin. Wang urged Washington not to infringe on China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Taiwan and the U.S. have maintained close communications regarding Sherman's visit to China, ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou said in a statement.
Beijing's claim about Taiwan not only deviates from the facts and the understanding of the international community but runs counter to the collective volition of Taiwanese, Ou said.
The Republic of China (Taiwan) is a democratic nation with independent sovereignty, with that sovereignty belonging to its 23.5 million people, she said.
Only Taiwanese have the right to determine Taiwan's future, and only the elected government of Taiwan can represent Taiwanese on the international stage, she added.
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