China says U.S. should ‘not play with fire’ on Taiwan

FILE PHOTO: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi answers reporter’s questions during a Reuters interview in Munich, Germany, February 12, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – China’s top diplomat Wang Yi warned the United States on Friday that it should “not play with fire” on the question of Taiwan, expressing anger about a planned U.S. arms sale to Taiwan.

During a visit to Hungary, Wang said that no foreign force could stop the reunification of China and no foreign force should try to intervene.

“We urge the U.S. to fully recognize the gravity of the Taiwan question … (and) not to play with fire on the question of Taiwan,” he told a news conference via an interpreter.

Reporting by Krisztina Than; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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