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China urges US to deny passage to Taiwan president

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
TaiwanThis file photo shows Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen (L) being welcomed by Salvadorean Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez on arrival at the airport in San Luis Talpa, south of San Salvador, on January 12, 2017. (By AFP)

China's Foreign Ministry on Friday called on the United States not to allow Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to transit through its territories on her way to and from Taiwan's diplomatic allies in the Pacific.

Tsai departs on Saturday on a week-long trip to three Pacific island allies — Tuvalu, the Solomon Islands and the Marshall Islands — transiting via Honolulu and Guam.

It comes just two weeks before US President Donald Trump is due to visit China.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China had made "stern representations" to the US over the matter and urged the US to strictly abide by the 'one China' policy.

"As for the issue of the leader of the Taiwan region's transit through the United States, I think the real reason for the transit is self-evident," he told a daily news briefing.

(Source: Reuters)

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