Taipei/Beijing — China responded angrily on Monday as Taiwan confirmed the first meeting in more than four decades between senior US and Taiwanese security officials. Taiwan’s national security chief, David Lee, met White House national security adviser John Bolton earlier in May, the island’s foreign affairs ministry said on Saturday. The official Central News Agency said the meeting was the first since the island and the US ended formal diplomatic ties in 1979. China considers Taiwan a wayward province, to be reclaimed by force if necessary, and the meeting angered Beijing, which is already locked in a bitter trade war with Washington.

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