Call Taiwan a country, French senator says, angering China

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TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan should be called a country, a senior French senator said on Friday during a visit to Taipei, doubling down on earlier comments that have angered Beijing, which views the island as one of its provinces, and not a country. Taiwan’s name is a tricky issue. Formally called the Republic of China, it is not recognised by most of the world, which has diplomatic ties with Beijing, and its de facto embassies generally use the name “Taipei” to describe the island, to ensure host nations do not upset China. Meeting President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday, former French defence minist…

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