Donald Trump has been slammed by China for acknowledging Taiwan
China was already seething at Mr Trump’s decision to accept a phone call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen to congratulate him on his election victory.
The conversation broke established protocol which states America, out of respect for its relationship with China, ignores the call because the Chinese government views Taiwan as a disobedient breakaway state.
A group of Taiwanese diplomats are going to be present at Mr Trump’s inauguration, taking place at 5pm GMT tomorrow, in a move that could spell disaster for future trade and diplomatic relations between the two global superpowers.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a news conference China opposed Taiwan sending representatives to the US to take part in "activities to disturb or or undermine China-US relations" and warned of “strong countermeasures”.
She added: “We once again urge relevant parties in the US to allow no delegation sent by the Taiwan authority to attend the inauguration ceremony of the President, and not to have any official contact with Taiwan.
“This message has been delivered to the sitting US administration and the Trump transition team."
But China is not snubbing Trump’s swearing-in ceremony entirely, despite the strongly worded rhetoric it is sending its ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai.
China previously enjoyed a relatively stable relationship with America
Taiwan usually sends a delegation to a US President’s inauguration and it is actually very unusual for China to have demanded the nation’s removal from the event.
Mr Trump, who has been accused of having close ties to Russia’s Vladimir Putin, has openly slammed the Chinese in public.
He said the ‘One China’ principle, which defines Taiwan as legitimately belonging to China, was up for debate.
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China has warned of “strong countermeasures” against Washington if President-elect Trump’s team don’t show the nation more respect.
President Xi Jinping had previously expressed his intention to keep America within China’s “circle of friends”.