Trump signs US-Taiwan travel bill despite China warning

18 March, 2018, 02:13 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • China sees Taiwan as a renegade province and has long stated its desire for reunification

Trump had the option to allow the Act to pass into law without his signature, or to veto it and a spokesman had said the previous day that the president had not yet decided his position on the matter.

The Taiwan Travel Act (HR 535), which U.S. lawmakers presented to Trump on March 5, aims to increase travel and visits "at all levels", including state officials and business leaders, both on the American and the Taiwanese side. It also encourages growing an economic and cultural relationship.

"They don't authorize these trips because the policy judgment is that the costs in relations with China would outweigh the benefits in relations with Taiwan", Paal said. Rather, it sees it as a rogue province that will eventually be folded back into the communist state - by use of force if necessary. "The relevant clauses of the Taiwan Travel Act severely violate the one-China principle", a statement from the Chinese embassy in Washington said.

China strongly opposes the new law. High-level Taiwan officials should be permitted to enter the United States "under respectful conditions" to meet USA officials, while Taiwanese economic and cultural representatives should be encouraged to conduct business in the United States. "Moving forward as a member of the global community, Taiwan pledges to maintain and develop a cooperative relationship with the U.S.to continue contributing to the peace, stability and prosperity of the region", the statement read.

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Chinese state media speculates that the bill could embolden Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen to seek full independence for the island, possibly triggering China's Anti-Secession Law.

Taiwan's Foreign Ministry, however, has welcomed the new law, calling it a "friendly move" and vowing to deepen cooperation with the United States at all levels.

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