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Furious Beijing files formal protest over US environment chief’s Taiwan visit

Beijing says it is 'resolutely opposed' to visit, which it says constitutes breach of promises by Washington

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 April, 2014, 7:43pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 April, 2014, 10:25pm

Beijing said it had lodged a protest with the United States over a visit by Washington’s environmental protection chief to Taiwan this week.

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy’s visit is the first by a cabinet-level official since 2000, according to Taiwan’s presidential office. Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou met her on Monday.

McCarthy was visiting to highlight environmental co-operation between the United States and partners in the Asia-Pacific region.

China’s foreign ministry said the visit to Taiwan, which the mainland considers a rebel province, violated promises made by Washington and that Beijing was "resolutely opposed" to it.

"No matter what goal the US EPA administrator has in visiting Taiwan, she has violated ... the promises made by the United States to China on the Taiwan issue," spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing.

"China expresses resolute opposition and strong dissatisfaction with this, and we have launched serious representations to the US side.

"We urge the US to prudently and appropriately deal with the issue in an effort to avoid doing further damage to the US-China relationship," Hua said.

The United States broke formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979 when it extended recognition to the government in Beijing, but maintains close unofficial relations with the democratic island.

The United States is also legally bound to come to Taiwan’s aid in the event of an attack, under the Taiwan Relations Act.

China's defence ministry earlier this month expressed anger after the US House of Representatives agreed to authorise the sale to Taiwan of four second-hand US warships, saying the United States had ignored Beijing's protests.

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ennoun
Can't think of any time that the US has protested to Beijing about their meetings with the world's worst dictators (in N. Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, etc.) So why should Beijing spend so much energy telling the US who they can or cannot meet?
jenniepc
China complains that the President Obama sent his cabinet to Taiwan, I don’t think that China has to play the game in the American way. China can play the same game in the Chinese way.
The problem is the United States or EU under the name of democracy or has recklessly resorted to any means to create confusion in the vast majority of the world's problems to achieve their purpose of dominating the world, and these problems would eventually return to haunt US and EU. I have not seen any countries to have a good ending so long as the US or EU involvement in the conflicts. Again, I am not taking sides and my comments are based on realistic events.
Jennie PC Chiang/江佩珍 04/16/14 美國
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