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China angry after Kamala Harris’ meeting with Taiwan’s vice president

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China has always opposed any form of official interaction between the United States and Taiwan, the country’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday, after a brief meeting between Vice President Kamala Harris and her Taiwanese counterpart in Honduras. .

Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian made the comment during a daily press briefing in Beijing.

Harris told reporters she spoke with William Lai about their shared interest in Central America and the US government’s “root cause” strategy to curb migration.

“The brief conversation we had was really about a common interest in this part of the region and apparently Taiwan’s interest in our root cause strategy,” she said, adding that Lai had approached her.

The couple were in Honduras for the inauguration of the new president, Xiomara Castro.

The United States, like most countries, does not maintain formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, although its strong support for the island, both politically and through arms sales, is one of the main sources of Sino-American friction.

China considers self-governing Taiwan as part of its territory.

Taiwan’s official Central News Agency called it a “simple greeting”, saying the two “spoke briefly and interacted naturally”.

He carried a photo of them standing next to each other on a stage talking, both wearing face masks, and Lai sporting a lapel pin of intertwined Taiwanese and Honduran flags.

Lai told reporters traveling with him that when speaking to Harris, he thanked the United States for its “rock-solid” assistance to Taiwan, and that he thought Harris was a “very capable person”. , reported the Central News Agency.

China’s office of Taiwanese affairs said the United States should “take concrete steps to implement its promises not to support Taiwanese independence and stop playing with fire on the Taiwan issue.”

Honduras is one of 14 countries with official diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

Castro, floated the idea of ​​abandoning Taipei for Beijing in her election campaign, although on Wednesday she told Lai that Honduras was grateful for Taiwan’s support and hoped to maintain their relationship.

Castro and Lai met again on Thursday, with Lai handing over a donation of supplies to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lai invited Castro to visit Taiwan and told him that since Taiwan and Honduras have close ties with Washington, he hoped the three parties could work together to solve the country’s problems, the Taiwan presidential office said. .

Speaking after meeting with Castro, Harris said they did not discuss China.

Beijing has stepped up pressure to shrink Taiwan’s international footprint, saying the democratically-ruled island is Chinese territory with no right to state-to-state relations.

China angry after Kamala Harris’ meeting with Taiwan’s vice president

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