China complains to US on Taiwan legislation

BEIJING (AP) — China says it has complained to the U.S. over legislation expressing support for Taiwan’s bid for observer status at the International Civil Aviation Organization.

China opposes Taiwan’s efforts to join most international organizations. The two sides split amid civil war in 1949.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a Tuesday statement that China urges Washington to “stop interfering in China’s internal affairs.”

She says the U.S. bill has “seriously violated” the one-China policy under which Beijing says self-governing Taiwan is part of Chinese territory.

The U.S. legislation backs allowing Taiwan to observe the assembly of the U.N. organization, which promotes safe air travel. The organization meets every three years.

The legislation says observer status will help ensure Taiwan’s ability to conform to international safety standards.

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