Taiwan Travel Bill Signed, China Reacts

Trump pumps his fist after speaking at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego California

Trump Signs Taiwan Travel Act, Earns Rap from Beijing

Experts Saturday described U.S. President Donald Trump's signing of the Taiwan Travel Act as symbolically meaningful, as it conveys a message of support to Taiwan.

Before his inauguration, Trump angered Beijing by speaking on the phone with Taiwan's president, Tsai Ing-wen, and suggesting that he may use the one-China policy as a bargaining chip to advance United States interests in trade, currency and strategic issues such as the disputed South China Sea.

US President Donald Trump's "Taiwan Travel Act" continues to draw ire from Chinese authorities.

U.S. representatives can already travel to Taiwan and Taiwanese officials occasionally visit the White House, but meetings are usually low profile to avoid offending China.

This was stated by Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's in a statement in Beijing.

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.

China considers Taiwan a wayward province and seeks the island's reunification with China.

China's Ministry of National Defense said Taiwan is a part of China and any matters regarding it are "completely internal affairs". USA administrations already had discretionary authority to permit visits by senior Taiwanese officials and visits by senior U.S. officials and military officers to Taiwan, he said.

"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. The "One China" policy refers to the diplomatic acknowledgement that there is only one state called China, despite the existence of two governments - one in China and another on the island of Taiwan.

According to Peter Su (蘇紫雲), executive officer of the Center for Advanced Technology at Tamkang University, the signing of the bill into law signifies US support for Taiwanese democracy, a message that comes at a time when Taiwan is facing a lot of pressure from China.

China urged the U.S.to halt any attempt to improve its relationship with Taiwan.

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