BEIJING, NETRALNEWS.COM - China’s Ministry of Foregin Affairs on Friday (10/27/2017) asks the United States (US) to ban the President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, to visit US territory when she tours Taiwan’s allies in the Pacific.
Tsai is scheduled to fly on Saturday (10/28) in a week-trip to three Pacific countries, namely Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, and Marshall Islands. Tsai will stop off in Honolulu and Guam.
The visit comes just two weeks before US’ President Donald Trump visits China.
Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affair’s spokesperson Geng Shuang said China "affirms its attitude" to the United States on the matter. Beijing urges Washington to respect the "one China" policy.
"With regard to the Taiwan leader's transit point through the United States, I am of the opinion that the real reason for the visit is clear," he told a daily news conference.
China has been highly suspicious of Tsai, who has been accused of seeking formal independence for Taiwan, the self-proclaimed free island, which Beijing still considers to be one of its provinces, so that it cannot engage in inter-country relations.