US diplomat slams China on governor's Taiwan trip

January 25, 2011 13:21


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TAIPEI, Taiwan  — The top US official dealing with Taiwan said that Chinese pressure on an American governor to cancel a visit to the island was "unacceptable," and inconsistent with Beijing's desire to improve ties with Taipei.

In December, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon scrapped plans to visit Taiwan after a Chicago-based Chinese diplomat warned that the trip could imperil a project by China to turn the St. Louis airport into a hub for Chinese cargo in the United States.

In Tuesday remarks in Taipei, American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Ray Burghardt called China's action "absolutely unacceptable," and said "most American politicians, American governors, they don't like to be pushed around that way."

China and Taiwan split amid civil war in 1949.

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