China Wants This Guy Kept Out of Inauguration

Says ex-Premier Yu Shyi-kun, rest of Taiwan delegation should be barred from event
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2017 10:33 AM CST
In this Sept. 12, 2006, file photo, Democratic Progressive Party member Yu Shyi-kun speaks to the media during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington DC.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

(Newser) – A tense political triangle just got even stickier in advance of Donald Trump's inauguration. China's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday the US shouldn't allow a Taiwanese delegation to attend Friday's ceremony, Reuters reports. This request was passed to both the Trump transition team and to President Obama's people, a Foreign Ministry rep said, per the AP. Taiwan's own Foreign Ministry announced earlier this week that, as per usual protocol during US presidential inaugurations, it would be sending a delegation, including ex-Premier Yu Shyi-kun, a national security adviser, and a sprinkling of legislators. China hasn't been happy with the incoming administration since Trump spoke on the phone with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen in early December. A Tsai rep tells Reuters no delegation members are scheduled to meet in any official capacity with members of the Trump administration during their trip. (Read more China stories.)

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