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Updated 10:35 AM EDT, Thu, Apr 18, 2019

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China Calls Out U.S. Over Raising Of Taiwanese Flag In Washington

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(Photo : Reuters/ Jason Lee) Taiwan’s flag had reportedly not been raised in the United States for 36 years since Washington switched recognition from Taipei to Beijing.

China angrily called out the United States after Taiwan's de facto embassy in Washington raised its flag in Washington, an action that has not been done in the U.S. for 36 years now.

On Monday, China said the U.S. should respect the "One China" policy. However, the U.S. said this policy is inconsistent with its own policies and that they have not been notified ahead of the said New Year's Day ceremony.

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According to China Post of Taiwan, the U.S. has not been raising the said flag prior to this because of the switching recognition from Taipei to Beijing back in 1979. Despite the inconsistency of China's policy with the U.S., the country has assured China that no government personnel from their country attended the raising of the Taiwanese flag.

China has deemed Taiwan as a "rebel" province but they still have not ruled out using force in order to gain ownership over the said province in the future. If and when Taiwan makes a move toward independence, China would possibly use force to take over.

The "One China" policy stipulates that there is only one China and that the island of Taiwan is part of the mainland.

The ceremony which involved the hoisting of the Taiwanese flag on Thursday was attended by over 100 people. It included Taiwanese top envoy to the U.S. Shen Lyushun, who is part of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington.

According to Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, China opposes the said flag-raising ceremony. The U.S. should properly handle any issue that might come up in relation to Taiwan in order to prevent such incidents and ensure that it never happens again, she added.

China and Taiwan have had separate rulings since 1949 when the Nationalist forces who were defeated by China fled to the said island when the civil war ended.

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