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International relations

China urges US to block Taiwan leader's Hawaii stopover

President Tsai Ing-wen to tour island's diplomatic allies in the Pacific

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks before signing up for the Democratic Progressive Party's 2020 presidential candidate nomination in Taipei on March 21.   © Reuters

BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) -- China urged the United States on Thursday not to allow Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to stop over in Hawaii next week when she makes a tour of the island's diplomatic allies in the Pacific, adding another irritant to Beijing-Washington ties.

China regards Taiwan as its sacred territory and regularly calls it the most sensitive and important issue in ties with the United States. It always complains about transit stops by Taiwan leaders in the United States.

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