By: Elaine Hou and Sophia Yeh
Taipei, Dec. 6 (CNA) Taiwan describes a statement issued by the Chinese government urging the
United States to block transit stops by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) during a reported trip to three of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies in Central America next month as an overreaction that is not conducive to the development of cross-strait relations.
Taiwanese media has reported that Tsai — who doubles as chairwoman of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party — plans to visit Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador in January. As part of the trip she will attend the inauguration of the Nicaraguan president and make stopovers in the United States. There has also been speculation that she could meet with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.
In response, China has urged the U.S. not to let her transit there, according to a Reuters report.
In a statement sent to Reuters addressing the possibility of a Tsai stopover in the U.S., China’s Foreign Ministry said the “one China” principle, which states Taiwan is part of China, was commonly recognized by the international community, the report said. [FULL STORY]