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China warns after Cruz, Abbott meet Taiwan's president

Posted January 9

— China reiterated its opposition Monday to any contacts between U.S. officials and Taiwan's government following a meeting between Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott and the self-governing island's president, Tsai Ing-wen.

Cruz and Abbot met with Tsai on Sunday while she was passing through Houston on her way to visit Taiwan's Central American allies.

At a news briefing in Beijing on Monday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China was firmly opposed to any contact between Taiwan's leader and "anyone from the U.S. government." He said such contacts threaten to disturb and undermine relations between Washington and Beijing.

China claims Taiwan as its own territory and has been ratcheting up diplomatic pressure on the independence-leaning Tsai since her election last year.

Cruz said in a statement that he and Tsai "discussed our mutual opportunity to upgrade the stature of our bilateral relations" in their meeting, which addressed arms sales, diplomatic exchanges and economic ties.

An official with Republican President elect-Donald Trump's transition team said neither Trump nor transition officials would meet with Tsai. Her stop in the U.S. was scrutinized by Beijing for any signs that Trump's team would risk its ire by further engaging with Taiwan, which China considers to be its territory.

Trump breached diplomatic protocol last month by speaking by phone with the Taiwanese leader. Trump raised further concerns in Beijing when he questioned a U.S. policy that since 1979 has recognized Beijing as China's government and maintains only unofficial relations with Taiwan.

U.S. lawmakers often meet with Taiwanese presidents when they transit through the U.S., most recently in June, when Tsai met in Miami with Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

The tabloid Global Times, published by China's Communist Party, said in an editorial Sunday that Beijing would take a hard line toward any contacts between Taiwan's government and the incoming Trump administration. China "should also impose military pressure on Taiwan and push it to the edge of being reunified by force," it said.

China has "seized the initiative. The U.S. and Taiwan now should restrain, or be forced to restrain, themselves," the newspaper said.

"Tsai needs to face the consequences for every provocative step she takes," it said.

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  • Anna Temple Jan 9, 1:31 p.m.
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    China sells cheap products to the US because Americans demand it. We demand it. This is capitalism in a low information society. Do we want a nanny state to tell us from where to buy, or do we want an educated America that can make sound decisions on their own? Remember, you have to use some thought to see the benefit of not going to WalWorld for the cheap stuff. We should outlaw tinfoil hats though, there seems to be a correlation

  • Van Peterson Jan 9, 11:22 a.m.
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    I think our Government should immediately work toward programs that build business opportunities for any country in North or South America, Africa or Europe to replace the junk we buy from China. Are the citizens of the US willing to see this happen. The same goes for our energy program; Develop clean energy and use our own oil, or that from the Americas!! Let them try and eat their Asian oil.

  • Van Peterson Jan 9, 11:13 a.m.
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    Am I the only one who is outraged that China should dictate who we speak to or meet?? We have created this monstrous bully by sending our jobs there and buying their stuff! Even that iphone we used is made there!! Ask yourself; Could I live without products made in Communist China? I think we could until other countries picked up the slack.

  • Henry Davis Jan 9, 6:53 a.m.
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    Who cares what china opposes. All they are worried about is it might close all the walmarts and close down their child labor camps.