US-Taiwan financial talks infuriate China

Taipei, September 14

China warned the United States on Monday of potential “serious damage” to their relations if it doesn’t withdraw from an upcoming financial assembly with Taiwan that’s anticipated to be attended by a senior American official.

Chinese overseas ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin urged the US to “cease all types of official exchanges with Taiwan, in order to keep away from critical harm to China-US relations and peace and stability throughout the Taiwan Strait.”

EU, Beijing focus on ties

Brussels: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, high European Union officers and Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks on Monday targeted on commerce, making an attempt to reinvigorate slow-moving discussions on an funding settlement and constructing belief to sort out the thorny political points harming their ties. AP

Taiwanese media reported that US Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach is planning to go to the island later this week for an financial and business dialogue with Taiwan’s authorities.

The go to would observe one by US Health Secretary Alex Azar final month. Azar was the highest-level US Cabinet official to go to since a break in formal ties between the US and Taiwanese authorities in 1979, when the US accepted a one-China coverage. — AP

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