Taiwan 'regrets' embarrassing Washington with flag-raising

Photo released by the Taiwan Foreign Ministry on January 7, 2015 shows a flag-raising ceremony that took place at Taiwan's US de facto embassy in Washington DC on New Year's DayTaiwan on Wednesday expressed regret at embarrassing its chief ally the United States after a Taiwanese flag-raising ceremony in Washington sparked US criticism and Chinese anger. Taiwan’s flag was raised over its de facto embassy in Washington on New Year’s Day for the first time since the US switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979. The United States has long held a one-China policy, and does not have full diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the self-ruled island Beijing still claims as part of its territory. Washington has a representative office in Taipei, while Taiwan maintains representation at a luxury estate in the US capital known as Twin Oaks.

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