Taiwan ex-premier says China being petty over inauguration participation

Beijing against Taiwan delegation’s attendance of Trump inauguration

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/01/19
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taipei (Taiwan News) – China is protesting the attendance of Taiwan’s delegation

Taiwan’s former premier Yu Shyi-kun.(By Central News Agency)

headed by a former premier at Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday. In response to China’s call, the ex-premier Yu Shyi-kun said that China should have manifested its generosity as one of the world’s most powerful countries and “shouldn’t have acted so narrow-mindedly.”

Accompanied by lawmakers and local government officials, Yu Shyi-kun left the country Monday on behalf of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the opposition Kuoamintang. Apart from attending the presidential inauguration ceremony in Washington, the delegation is commissioned to greet Taiwanese compatriots in the U.S. ahead of the Lunar New Year and hold talks with politicians and academics.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Wednesday that China is opposed to Taiwan sending any officials to participate in the ceremony, because it might undermine U.S.-China relations. Hua also urged the U.S. not to allow meetings between officials from both sides.    [FULL  STORY]

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