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White House to China: Don“t use Taiwan visit as pretext


The People’s Republic of China flag and the U.S. Stars and Stripes fly along Pennsylvania Avenue near the U.S. Capitol in Washington during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s state visit, January 18, 2011. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

The White House urged China on Wednesday not to use a “normal” stopover in the United States by the Taiwan president as a pretext to increase aggressive activity against Taiwan.

John Kirby, the White House national security spokesperson, told reporters that Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s arrival soon in the United States is the latest in a series of routine transits.

“The Peoples Republic of China should not use this transit as a pretext to step up any activity around the Taiwan strait,” he said.

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