The Chinese government has urged the US to “correct its mistake” regarding President Donald Trump’s recently approved “Taiwan Travel Act,” which allows unrestricted two-way travel for officials from the US and Taiwan.
US President Donald Trump’s “Taiwan Travel Act” continues to draw ire from Chinese authorities. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Saturday the bill “severely violates” the “one China” principle and sends “very wrong signals to the ‘pro-independence’ separatist forces in Taiwan.”
“China is strongly opposed to [the bill],” Lu said in a statement.
“We urge the US side to correct its mistake, stop pursuing any official ties with Taiwan or improving its current relations with Taiwan in any substantive way,” he added.
In a separate statement, Chinese defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian said the act “interferes in China’s internal affairs.”
China urges the US to “stop pursuing any US-Taiwan military ties and stop arms sales to Taiwan, so as to avoid causing serious damage to the bilateral and military relations between China and the US, and to the peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” the statement said.
‘A beacon of democracy’
On Friday, Trump signed legislation increasing contact between Washington officials and their Taiwanese counterparts, irking China, which considers Taiwan as part of its territory.
The “Taiwan Travel Act” will allow unrestricted two-way travel for officials from the United States and Taiwan, thus restoring direct official US contact with the self-ruled island, which was cut in 1979 when Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing.
The United States still does not have formal ties with Taiwan, but is required by law to help it with self-defense.
Washington dubs Taiwan “a beacon of democracy” in Asia and states that its “democratic achievements inspire many countries and people in the region.”
On the other hand, China’s relationship with Taiwan has taken a turn for the worse since the 2016 inauguration of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who has refused to endorse Beijing’s view that the island belongs to it.
shs/jlw (AFP, Reuters)