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Taiwan says president to transit Houston, San Francisco next month

TAIPEI Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will transit through Houston and San Francisco during her January visit to allies in Latin American countries, her office said Friday, a move certain to anger China which a day earlier urged the U.S. to block a stopover.

Tsai is transiting in the United States on her way to and from visiting Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador in that order. She will leave Taiwan on Jan. 7 and return on Jan. 15.

But Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang would not comment when asked if Tsai would meet members of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s team while in the United States.

Trump angered China when he spoke to Tsai this month in a break with decades of precedent and cast doubt on his incoming administration’s commitment to Beijing’s “one China” policy.

(Reporting by J.R. Wu; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)

-Reuters