US ‘Tai­wan Travel Act’ Strongly Op­posed

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US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump signed the “Tai­wan Travel Act” on March 16, trig­ger­ing strong op­po­si­tion from the Chi­nese main­land.

The Act, ac­cord­ing to Chi­nese an­a­lysts, has over­thrown pre­vi­ous bi­lat­eral doc­u­ments on Tai­wan is­sues, in­clud­ing the Tai­wan Re­la­tions Act is­sued in 1979, by legally al­low­ing ex­changes be­tween Tai­wanese and Amer­i­can of­fi­cials at var­i­ous lev­els, in­clud­ing those in charge of state af­fairs and na­tional de­fense, and by al­low­ing Tai­wanese or­ga­ni­za­tions to con­duct ac­tiv­i­ties in the US which are ac­ces­si­ble to US of­fi­cials.

China im­me­di­ately is­sued a state­ment op­pos­ing the Act. “We res­o­lutely op­pose the Tai­wan Travel Act which has se­verely vi­o­lated the One-china prin­ci­ple and the three Sino-us joint com­mu­niqués,” said a state­ment from the Chi­nese Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs on March 17. “We now urge the US to cor­rect the mis­take and stop any po­ten­tial ex­changes be­tween Amer­i­can and Tai­wanese of­fi­cials. We urge the US to cau­tiously deal with any is­sue re­lated to Tai­wan to pre­vent any harm to the Sino-us re­la­tion­ship and to the peace and sta­bil­ity of the Tai­wan Strait re­gion,” it added.

The same day, the Peo­ple's Lib­er­a­tion Army, the Chi­nese Em­bassy in Wash­ing­ton, DC, China's Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice and State me­dia out­lets like the Peo­ple’s Daily, also made sim­i­lar con­dem­na­tions of the legislation. Chi­nese an­a­lysts warned that the US in­tended to make use of Tai­wan to pin down the Chi­nese main­land.

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