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‘Handle it properly!’ China warns Liz Truss not to jeopardise relationship over Taiwan

China's regime 'feels threatened internally' says expert

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During a meeting earlier in the week, with Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, the Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said they would jointly “remain principled on our shared values in the face of the systematic challenges posed by China.”

Beijing has said Lithuania breached the “One China” policy by allowing Taiwan to set up a representative office in Vilnius under the name “Taiwanese”.

The name “Taipei” would have been more acceptable to Beijing.

On Thursday China advised Ms Truss not to create “new obstacles” in relations between the two countries.

A spokesman for the Chinese embassy in London said in a statement: “We have noticed the relevant reports and express our concern over the remarks of the UK side.”

“China urges the UK to have a right understanding of the relevant issue, handle it properly, and refrain from creating new obstacles for the development of the China-UK relationship.”

The embassy further urged Ms Truss to abide by the One China stance “properly” and insisted that China’s development “does not pose any threat to any country.”

China’s long-standing dispute with Taiwan, the democratically-ruled island stems from claims the country is a part of China’s sovereign territory.

Chinese fighter jets and combat ships have conducted almost daily joint assault drills near Taiwan which it claims is vital to protect its authority.

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In June, 28 military jets were sent by China into the air space in one of the largest military incursions to date.

Taiwan vehemently opposes Chinese reunification and rule from Beijing.

President Xi Jinping has expressed his aims to annex the island by suggesting there is “no room for any form of Taiwan independence,” and has not ruled out using force to achieve his goals.

Last week Taiwan’s leader gave a speech on Taiwan’s National Day and formally took a stand against a reunification with China amid rising tensions over the island.

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President Tsai Ing-Wen said Taiwan would increase its defences to “ensure that nobody can force Taiwan to take the path China has laid out for us”.

She said: “The more we achieve, the greater the pressure we face from China.”

Only a few countries recognise Taiwan as an independent country, with the United Nations recognising the island as “China” since 1971.

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