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U.S. increases support for Taiwan in recognition battle with China

Reuters | Taipei | Updated: 27-03-2020 08:51 IST | Created: 27-03-2020 08:51 IST
U.S. increases support for Taiwan in recognition battle with China

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed into law an act that requires increased U.S. support for Taiwan internationally, which will likely infuriate a China already angry with Trump's criticism of the handling of the coronavirus outbreak. China claims democratic and separately ruled Taiwan as its own territory, and regularly describes Taiwan as its most sensitive and important issue in ties with the United States.

While the United States, like most countries, has no official relations with Taiwan, the Trump administration has ramped up support for the island, with arms sales and laws to help Taiwan deal with pressure from China. The Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act, signed by Trump into law on Thursday with strong bipartisan support, requires the U.S. State Department to report to Congress on steps taken to strengthen Taiwan's diplomatic relations.

It also requires the United States to "alter" engagement with nations that undermine Taiwan's security or prosperity. Taiwan complains that China is poaching the dwindling number of countries that maintain formal ties with Taipei and has prevented it from participating in bodies like the World Health Organization. China says Taiwan is merely one of its provinces, with no right to recognition as a country.

Taiwan's foreign ministry welcomed the U.S. law and thanked the United States for its support for Taiwan's "diplomatic space" and right to international participation. "We are also willing to work with the United States and countries with similar ideals to promote the shared common goals of freedom and democratic values, and continue to strive for even wider international space for Taiwan," the ministry said.

There was no immediate reaction from Beijing, which is already angry about Trump's accusations that China poorly handled the coronavirus outbreak. China's defence ministry on Thursday accused the United States of playing a dangerous game with its support for Taiwan, after a U.S. warship passed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait.

One of the act's authors, Senator Cory Gardner, said the law was needed to respond to Chinese pressure on, and bullying of, Taiwan. "This bipartisan legislation demands a whole-of-government approach to ramp up our support for Taiwan, and will send a strong message to nations that there will be consequences for supporting Chinese actions that undermine Taiwan," he said in a statement.

The United States has been particularly concerned about China hiving off Taiwan's allies in the Pacific and Latin America, areas of the world Washington traditionally considers its zone of influence. Taiwan now only has diplomatic relations with 15 countries, almost all small and developing nations like Nauru, Belize and Honduras.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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