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Taiwan dismisses "petty" concerns of China over Trump's inauguration

WASHINGTON — The leader of Taiwan's delegation to the U.S. presidential inauguration dismissed as "small-minded" China's strong objections to his attendance Friday.

Former Premier Yu Shyi-kun told The Associated Press "it's hard to believe that a country with 5,000 years of history and its glorious background is so focused on this. It just shows how petty they are."

Yu was interviewed by AP after watching Trump's swearing-in. He said he had a good seat, directly in front of the ceremony at the Capitol.

The U.S. has no formal relations with self-governing Taiwan in deference to China, which claims the island as its own. However, the two maintain robust informal ties, and Washington sells Taiwan arms for its self-defense. Taiwan has sent delegations to past inaugurals.

China said it had requested Taiwan's exclusion to avoid any kind of official exchange between the U.S. and Taiwan — but it also appeared to reflect its concern that President Donald Trump could seek to redefine relations between Beijing, Taipei and Washington. Last week, Trump said in a newspaper interview that Washington's "one China policy" under which it recognized Beijing in 1979 was open to negotiation.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chuying on Friday called the Taiwanese presence at the inauguration a "publicity stunt, which aims to undermine and disrupt the China-US relationship."

Yu served as Taiwan's premier from 2002 to 2005. He is a founding member of Taiwan's independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party, which currently holds the presidency and has particularly strained relations with Beijing.

He was accompanied by politicians from both the ruling party and the opposition Nationalists, and has met U.S. lawmakers including Republican Rep. Ed Royce, chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee, and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

Citing protocol, Yu would not say whether he had met with members of Trump's team. But he said Taiwan would like a free trade agreement and investment treaty with the U.S.; its support in participating in international organizations like Interpol, currently blocked by China; and stronger defense capabilities to ensure stability in the Asia-Pacific.

Speaking through an interpreter, Yu said the peaceful transfer of power in the U.S. and the fact that Trump's election rival Hillary Clinton attended Friday's ceremony offered a lesson for Taiwan's young democracy.

Asked if the communist-governed mainland should learn that lesson too, Yu said that only when there was a democratic China would there be peace in the world.

January 21, 2017    OgaOga@
Dear President Trump:

Please give this stupid turd and the rest of the noncontributory, idiotic supporters of the DPP a US green card so there can be real progress made on Sino-American relations. America first and prosperity for all!!!

Thank you.
January 21, 2017    cloggedwithguts@
Oh wow...the DPP and Trump, what an invincible team! Together they will Light Up the World and Make the World Great Again!

January 22, 2017    donna3940@
I wish good luck to the Anonymous twitter who ever you are a person or group or Intelligence agency in bring Trump down. Please let him next four year be hell. When you start release dirty and leak on Trump and him family member, lease they one or more patriot left in this world I just hope it is a american. May you never get caught, you can't catch what in the dark. ST. 15, 14. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind, And if the blind the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
January 23, 2017    chiensheng.tsai@
DPP is the malignant cancer in Taiwan that has metastasized, and needs to be contained and excised before more damage is done.

There are none more petty than the DPP, look who is talking. Observe how the DPP is trying to eliminate the KMT and their attempts at authoritarian rule. Lessons to be learned indeed.

Let the DPPs emigrate to Japan and USA, where their allegiance is, and allow ROC on Taiwan to resume where it had left off, before this DPP cancer.

January 23, 2017    donna3940@
On Jan. 21, 2017 second day in, what is Trump doing start a fight with the news media on crowd size from friday inaugural. Not about polities, or healthcare, or globe warming, or the two war american in, him still mad jan. 22, 2017 and still fight today about the crowd size. Today is the day you can say, yes american is f%ck. Can somebody twitter Trump and tell him washington has a woman march yesterday and around the world? Him f%ck clueless.
January 23, 2017    tuyetmail@
China shall take the island back while there are still a populations of mainlanders alive. The pro-unification stands a 40%.
The young generations may or may not fight the unification. If they do fight there will be blood flow.
Nevertheless, the sooner the unification take place the lesser the blood flow with the help of the mainlanders to contain the youngsters.
January 23, 2017    OgaOga@
Dr. Udo Ulfkotte passed away from a reported heart attack on January 13th, 2017. A brave German and former journalist. Watch interview here:

Avoid the trash propaganda being published by Taipei Times and its Chinese language affiliates (the DPP stands for no principles).
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