China says U.S. should not allow visit by Taiwan's leader

US visit risks Beijing’s fury for President of Taiwan

The United States should not "play with fire" regarding Taiwan after Washington announced its intention to sell $2.2 billion in weapons to the island state, China's foreign minister said Friday.

The article argued that the deal "harms China's sovereignty and security interests, poisons the development of military relations between China and the USA, and gravely undermines the cross-strait relations and the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait".

The spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense said: "Taiwan is an inalienable part of China".

The United States recognises Beijing as the government of China, but provides military and other support to Taiwan.

China sees Taiwan as part of its own territory and has vowed to one day seize it, by force if necessary.

It bristles at any countries that might lend Taiwan diplomatic support or legitimacy.

The leader of Taiwan, the self-governing island of 24 million claimed by China, visited the United States on Thursday and said her people would "never be intimidated", risking China's wrath and a further fraying of ties between Beijing and the Trump administration.

China on Tuesday had also demanded that the U.S. "immediately cancel" the US$2.2 billion potential arms sale. "The 23 million people of Taiwan have a right to participate in worldwide affairs and this right should not be subject to political preconditions".

Tsai is heading to the Caribbean, stopping over in the U.S. for a total of four nights, an unusually long transit period that has resulted in strenuous objections from Beijing. Though the State Department described her visit as "private and unofficial", her presence in the country will be another cause for concern in Beijing.

The planned deal drew an angry response from Beijing, which cut off military and security contracts with Washington and threatened to impose sanctions on the firms involved in the transaction.

In future, People's Daily said Washington should "exercise caution and prudence when handling Taiwan-related issues to avoid serious damage to China-US relations and cross-strait peace and stability".


China also said the USA should not allow an ongoing visit by Taiwan's president to NY.

With the USA engaged in a trade war with China, relations between Taipei and Washington have warmed considerably.

Unlike the last three American presidents, who were wary of angering Beijing, Donald Trump has ramped up relations with Taiwan.

Taiwan's leaders have typically been prohibited from making public appearances during transit stops in the USA since Washington switched its diplomatic allegiance to Beijing from Taipei in 1979.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is now in the USA on her way to meet representatives of several Caribbean nations.

Tsai arrived in NY earlier in the day for a two-night layover on her way to Caribbean, where she is to make a 12-day state visit to Haiti; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Saint Kitts and Nevis; and Saint Lucia.

Separately, foreign ministry spokesman Geng told a press briefing Friday that the USA should not provide a platform for "Taiwan independence separatist forces".

"We urge the US.to not let Tsai Ing-wen pass through its territory", said Mr Geng.

After her United States trip, Tsai will visit Haiti, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, and St Christopher and Nevis, in an attempt to shore up support for Taiwan.

China has poached five of Taipei's dwindling number of allies since Ms Tsai became President in 2016.

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