To Beijing, the United States’ de facto ambassador’s participation over the weekend in a ceremony commemorating a 1958 military confrontation between China and Taiwan was nothing short of provocative. The event marked the attacks on Kinmen and Matsu islands by China, which the Taiwanese forces repelled with support from the US. It was the first time that the unofficial envoy took part in the ceremony. Beijing was scathing in its response on Monday, accusing the US of playing the Taiwan card in their bilateral ties. It also called the US-Taiwan security cooperation in 1958 a “shameful” moment in which the US tried to stop the reunification of the mainland and Taiwan.
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