Liz Truss’s trip to Taiwan risks ‘mortal wounds’ to China-UK relations, Beijing official warns

Visit ‘raises chances Beijing will exercise jurisdiction over island sooner rather than later’

Jane Dalton
Wednesday 10 May 2023 22:14 BST
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A planned visit to Taiwan by Liz Truss risks causing “mortal wounds to China-UK relations” and would alienate the two countries, a Chinese government official has warned.

And the trip next week will make it more likely that China will “exercise jurisdiction over Taiwan sooner rather than later”, according to Victor Goa.

Ms Truss, Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister, is due to deliver a speech on democracy during her visit to the island and to meet Taiwanese government officials.

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