China Warns US over Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen's Visit

By | Dec 29, 2016 08:13 PM EST
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen's proposed stop over in the United States has raised political temperatures with China.(Photo : Getty Images)

Taiwan Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday that the country's President Tsai Ing-Wen will pass through the United States during her visit to Latin America, a move that has angered China.

China has a deep suspicion of Tsai and has urged the United States to not allow such stop-over.

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China believes that the Taiwanese leader only wants to push for the formal independence of Taiwan, which is currently a self-governing island that China regards as its renegade Province and thus is not eligible for state-to-state relations.

China believes that Taiwan's intentions are clear and is urging the United States not to entertain her.

"We hope the United States can abide by the 'one China' policy... and not let her pass through their border, not give any false signals to Taiwan independence forces, and through concrete actions safeguard overall US-China relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan strait," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

Taiwanese media also speculated that Tsai will seek to have a meeting with US President-elect Donald Trump's transition team.

Donald Trump caused uproar in China when he held a phone conversation with Tsai earlier this month, breaking a decade-long diplomatic protocol. The United States switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to the mainland in 1979. It now recognizes that there is only 'One China' and that Taiwan is a province of the mainland.

China is worried that Trump's incoming administration might not be committed to upholding the 'One China' policy.

President Tsai's office said that the President will visit Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador during her Latin America visit. She is expected to leave Taiwan on Jan. 7 and return on Jan. 15.

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