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China urges U.S. to stop elevating relations with Taiwan

FILE PHOTO: Flags of Taiwan and U.S. are placed for a meeting between U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce speaks and with Su Chia-chyuan, President of the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, Taiwan March 27, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu//File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday urged the United States to stop elevating ties with Taiwan, after Washington and Taipei announced they would hold economic talks this month.

Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin made the comment at a daily news briefing in Beijing.

China considers democratically-ruled Taiwan its own territory with no right to formal relations with other countries.

Reporting by Gabriel Crossly; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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