China calls on United States to bar Taiwan from Trump inauguration

The United States should not allow a delegation from Taiwan to attend US President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, raising a new bone of contention in Beijing's relations with the incoming government. "This message has been delivered to the sitting United States administration and the Trump transition team".

The government will deal cautiously with the development of U.S-China relations and continue to closely observe China's policy toward Taiwan, Chiu added.

Delegation leader and former Premier Yu Shyi-kun departed for Washington on Monday together with politicians from both the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the opposition Nationalists. A USA delegation attended the inauguration of the Taiwanese president, Tsai Ing-wen, in 2015.

China considers Taiwan a renegade province.

She added: "We once again urge relevant parties in the U.S. to allow no delegation sent by the Taiwan authority to attend the inauguration ceremony of the President, and not to have any official contact with Taiwan".

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks at a daily press briefing Thursday in Beijing, one day ahead of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

Trump previously broke decades of diplomatic protocol by speaking directly with Taiwan's president after winning the USA presidential election in November.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that "no one will emerge as a victor in a trade war".

"In case he [Trump] tears up the one-China policy after taking office, the mainland is fully prepared, " the Communist party-owned Chinese newspaper Global Times said in an editorial. Last week, he said in a newspaper interview that Washington's "one-China policy" under which it recognized Beijing in 1979 was open to negotiation, and earlier questioned why the USA should be bound by such an approach without China offering incentives.

China said it opposed the Taiwan delegation's attendance, which could "disturb or undermine Sino-US relations".

Trump previously irked China by questioning its "one China" policy stating that America does not have to necessarily follow the "One China" policy, which recognises the People's Republic of China as one nation including Taiwan.

  • Tracy Klein