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Chinese Envoy Gives Taiwan Hawk Bolton a Warning on U.S. Ties

  • Official calls island ‘most important and sensitive’ issue
  • Meeting comes ahead of high-level security talks Friday
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A top Chinese official gave National Security Adviser John Bolton a pointed warning on Taiwan, as the two sides began a round of high-level meetings to bolster relations strained by trade disputes.

Yang Jiechi -- a member of Communist Party’s 25-seat Politburo -- told Bolton during a meeting at the White House on Wednesday that the status of the democratically run island was their “most important and sensitive” issue, the Chinese foreign ministry said. Still, Yang, who heads the party’s foreign affairs committee, said his country was committed to a policy of “no confrontation” with the U.S.