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International relations

US cancels UN envoy's trip to Taiwan citing Biden transition

Taipei expresses 'understanding and respect' but also regret

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft speaks during a news conference in Washington in September 2020.    © Reuters

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- A cancellation of all travel by the U.S. State Department this week includes a planned visit to Taiwan by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft, a State Department spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Craft had been due to visit Taiwan from Wednesday to Friday, prompting China to warn that Washington was playing with fire. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that all travel this week had been cancelled, including his own trip to Europe, as part of the transition to the incoming Biden administration.

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