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Taiwan's leader urges China to show restraint amid renewed tensions

Taiwan's leader urges China to show restraint amid renewed tensions

China will never allow anyone to "make a great fuss" about its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights, President Xi Jinping said in his New Year address, while China's top official in charge of Taiwan ties warned of risks ahead this year.

Trump seemed to upend decades of United States policy this month when he took a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen.

"The president's transit in the United States will be arranged according to precedents, including banquets with overseas Taiwanese and visits to relevant industries", Huang told reporters.

Washington also acknowledges Beijing's position that there is only one China and Taiwan is its territory.

Tsai said her administration expected 2017 to bring uncertainties, particularly in the first half, noting that the incoming USA administration could produce "changes in worldwide affairs".

The United States has been an informal ally of and arms seller to Taiwan.

A USA defence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Chinese actions had been more provocative in the past month, since Trump won the US election and made comments about Taiwan.

Finally, the government will face divisive issues and will try to find reasonable solutions through dialogue, Tsai said.

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Tsai's office said Friday that she and a delegation of Taiwanese officials will make two stops in the USA, in Houston and San Francisco, as part of a visit to diplomatic allies in Central America this month.

Tsai described the visit as "unofficial", saying, "A transit stop is just a transit stop". -China Joint Communique, the USA recognized Beijing as the sole legal government of China, acknowledging the Chinese position that there is but one China and Taiwan is part of China.

Trump also accepted a December 2 phone call from Tsai, the first time an American president or president-elect has publicly spoken to Taiwan's leader since 1979.

The White House reaffirmed the so-called "One China" policy after Trump's call.

China is deeply suspicious of Tsai, believing that she is pushing for the formal independence of Taiwan, a self-governing island that Beijing regards as a renegade province, ineligible for state-to-state relations.

No U.S. president or president-elect has had such contact with a Taiwanese leader since Washington broke ties with Taiwan in 1979 and switched to the larger, fast-growing China.

China has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since the Chinese civil war in the 1940s and opposes any moves in Taiwan or overseas to legitimize its self-rule.

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