On Friday, the eyes of the world will turn to Washington as Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. While most gazes will be fixed on the rostrum, China will also be giving the audience a once-over.
And they likely won’t be pleased with who they find in attendance. On Wednesday, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that the US should not allow a delegation from Taiwan to attend Trump’s inauguration in order to avoid damaging US-China ties.
“We again urge the relevant side in the US not to allow the Taiwan authority to send a so-called delegation to the US to attend the presidential inauguration and not have any form of official contact with Taiwan,” Hua told a regular news briefing in Beijing. “China’s position has already accurately and unmistakably been given to the US administration and Trump’s team.”
Well, Hua will be disappointed to know that the US has made no move to stop the Taiwanese delegation team — which is led by Yu Shyi-kun, the former chairman of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) — from attending the inauguration.
Yu himself said that he doesn’t see what the big deal is. “Don’t be so small. There hasn’t been any leader with such a narrow mind in all Chinese dynasties,” he said, referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
China is still seething diplomatically over Trump’s decision to break with more than 35 years of foreign policy protocol by speaking with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen over the phone in December. Since then, Trump has since gone on to question whether the US really needs to abide by the “one China” policy at all, seemingly trying to use it as a bargaining chip in trade negotiations with Beijing.
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