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China downplays visit of Taiwan African ally that upsets Taipei

Jun 12, 2014    

BEIJING (Reuters) - China shrugged off Taiwan's concern over the visit of the president of Taiwan diplomatic ally Sao Tome and Principe on Wednesday, saying it was a private visit and that not too much should be read into it.The former Portuguese colony is among a few African nations, along with Burkina Faso and Swaziland, that recognise self-ruled Taiwan over China.China regards Taiwan as a renegade province to be recovered by force if necessary.The two sides have engaged in an unofficial diplomatic truce since signing a series of landmark trade and economic agreements in 2008, as China tries...

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