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China plays down tensions with Taiwan

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A day after warnings that Beijing could go to war over Taiwan, the ruling-Communist Party’s fourth-ranked leader said China wants to deepen friendship with the island
Tensions with Taiwan were played down at Saturday’s opening sesion of the advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing.
It comes the day after state media warned that China could go to war over Taiwan if a US bill promoting closer ties with the island becomes law.
The legislation, which only needs President Donald Trump’s signature, says it should be US policy to allow officials at all levels to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts, permit high-level Taiwanese officials to enter the US “under respectful conditions” and meet US officials.
China has been infuriated over the bill, telling Taiwan on Friday that it would only get burnt if it sought to rely on foreigners, adding to the warnings from state media about the risk of war.

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