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Taiwan's vice president meets Kamala Harris in Honduras

William Lai 'talked briefly and interacted naturally' with U.S. counterpart

Taiwan's Vice President William Lai, right, speaks with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris during the Honduras president's inauguration ceremony in Tegucigalpa on Thursday.   © Taiwan Presidential Office/AFP/Jiji

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) -- The U.S. and Taiwanese vice presidents had a brief conversation on Thursday at the inauguration of the new Honduran president, a rare encounter that is highly symbolic and likely to add to Beijing's tensions with Washington.

The U.S., like most countries, has no formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, though its strong support for the island both politically and through arms sales is one of the main sources of Sino-U.S. friction.

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