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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Taiwan Ties Rile China

BEIJING () -- China blasted the United States on Thursday for upgrading ties with Beijing's rival, Taiwan, saying it would deal a blow to improving Chinese-U.S. relations.

Washington on Wednesday announced the first changes in U.S. policy toward Taiwan in 15 years, allowing more high-level visits from the United States to Taiwan to boost economic and technical ties.

China has regarded Taiwan as a renegade province since the defeated Nationalists fled there at the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949, and has firmly opposed any move that would grant the island legitimacy as an independent country.