China warns against Tsai meeting US officials

Published March 29th, 2023 - 07:57 GMT
China warns against Tsai meeting US officials
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen waves as she arrives at the boarding gate of the international airport in Taoyuan on March 29, 2023. Tsai was due to leave for the United States on March 29, a stop on her way to firm ties with Guatemala and Belize after China snapped up another of the self-ruled island's few diplomatic allies last week. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP)
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China warns the United States against allowing meetings for Taiwan's president with American officials.

ALBAWABA - China threatened retaliation if Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen met the U.S. House speaker during brief stopovers in the United States.

News reports said China also urged the United States against allowing the Tsai to transit through the country, saying that would be "provocation," which will be met with Beijing undertaking "measures to resolutely fight back."

Tsai left Taiwan Wednesday for a 10-day trip that will take her to Central American allies, Belize and Guatemala.

The trip includes two stopovers, in New York on the way in, and Los Angeles on the way out. There were conflicting reports on whether Tsai would meet with the speaker, Kevin McCarthy. Some media outlets said the meeting was planned in California towards the end of Tsai's tour.

Before Tsai's departure from Taipei, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office warned against the Taiwanese president holding meetings in the United States,

"If she contacts (U.S.) House speaker McCarthy, it will be another provocation that seriously violates the one-China principle, harms China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and destroys peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait," Zhu Fenglian, the office’s spokesperson told a news conference, according to a report in the Guardian.

"We firmly oppose this and will definitely take measures to resolutely fight back," the spokesperson added, according to Aljazeera news channel.

Beijing claims that democratically-ruled Taiwan as part of the territory of the Republic of China. It also regards meetings between Taiwanese officials and foreign governments as an attempt to legitimize the island’s claims as a separate nation, independent from the Chinese mainland.

Beijing staged mock war games near Taiwan last August, when then-U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taipei.

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