China urges the USA to stop Taiwanese delegation from attending Trump's inauguration

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Man walks past an electronic board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 outside a brokerage in Tokyo

China said it opposed the Taiwan delegation's attendance, which could "disturb or undermine Sino-US relations". Apart from attending the presidential inauguration ceremony in Washington, the delegation is commissioned to greet Taiwanese compatriots in the USA ahead of the Lunar New Year and hold talks with politicians and academics.

Taipei has previously sent delegations to attend USA presidential inaugurations, but Beijing has been increasingly vocal in its criticism of Taipei since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and Trump exchanged an unprecedented phone call not long after his election victory.

Yu, a member of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party, will be accompanied by Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung, DPP member Chen Ting-fei, Kuomintang lawmaker Ko Chih-en and Freddy Lim, the founding leader of the New Power Party of Taiwan.

The President-elect has further angered Beijing by repeatedly suggested the "One China" principle, in which the USA recognises the self-governing island of Taiwan as part of China, is up for negotiation.

Pushing back the criticism of globalisation by US President-elect Donald Trump and other Western populists, Xi warned the world against protectionist sentiments.

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He had said he will rethink trade relations with China after repeatedly accusing the Asian giant of carrying out trade policies that have led to massive USA job losses. "This message has been delivered to the sitting United States administration and the Trump transition team". Taiwan's foreign ministry said the delegation at the inauguration would "show the importance our government and people attached to the close and friendly relationship between our two countries".

China will send its ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai, to the inauguration.

With right wing leaders of the capitalist Western world increasingly discussing protectionist policies, alarming businesses across the globe, the task of defending globalisation and free trade at the World Economic Forum was left to the head of Communist China - Xi Jinping.

"The arrogant Trump team has underestimated China's ability to retaliate".

In recent weeks, several influential state-sponsored newspapers have also written strongly-worded editorials warning Mr Trump to cease questioning the "One China" policy.