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China calls on US to stop 'exchanges or contacts' with Taiwan

China calls on US to stop 'exchanges or contacts' with Taiwan
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China is calling on the U.S. to "stop exchange or contacts" with Taiwan after Washington announced economic talks with the island nation. 

At a news briefing in Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said any official talks between the two nations are a concern, Reuters reported. 

He said the U.S. should “stop any kind of official exchanges or contacts with Taiwan and stop elevating substantive relations,” the news service reported.

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Taiwan is sending a delegation to the U.S. for the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue later this month, Reuters noted. 

The U.S. side will be led by Under Secretary of State Keith Krach, who visited Taiwan in September. His visit angered China, which promised at the time to issue “necessary responses” to the U.S. 

Taiwan’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday that the dialogue is a “major milestone” that “demonstrates that Taiwan and the United States will develop closer and broader cooperation under their global economic strategic partnership,” Reuters notes.

China’s government considers Taiwan to be part of its territory. Meanwhile, Taiwan has been hoping for a free-trade agreement with the U.S., Reuters notes.