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Trump okays official travel to Taiwan, angering China

Trump okays official travel to Taiwan, angering China

On Friday, Trump signed legislation increasing contact between Washington officials and their Taiwanese counterparts, irking China, which considers Taiwan as part of its territory.

He bases his analysis on the fact that Trump actually signed the bill instead of simply letting it pass into law without a veto, which King said shows real intent on Trump's part, that "he wants somebody to know something".

China has since cut all communications with Tsai's government and increasingly tried to isolate Taiwan diplomatically and restrict its participation in worldwide meetings.

The bill, introduced by Steve Chabot, a Republican representative of OH, had recently won approval from the House and Senate.

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"China is strongly dissatisfied with that and firmly opposes it", the statement said, adding that the United States should "stop pursuing any official ties with Taiwan or improving its current relations with Taiwan in any substantive way".

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.

"As has been pointed out many times by China, the relevant clauses of the act, though not legally binding, severely violate the one-China principle and the three joint communiques between China and the United States", spokesperson Lu Kang said, according to Xinhua.

However, the US has always had the option to dispatch Cabinet-level officials to Taiwan, the last instance coming in 2014 with the visit to Taipei of then-administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy.

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The United States does not have formal ties with Taiwan but is the sole supplier of arms to the country.

Taiwan's Foreign Ministry expressed its thanks for the "friendly move" by the Trump administration, saying the government would continue to deepen its cooperation and partnership with the United States at all levels.

"We urge the US side to correct its mistake, stop official exchanges between US and Taiwan officials and substantively raising relations, and prudently and appropriately handle the Taiwan issue to avoid causing serious harm to Sino-US ties and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait region". The bill has interfered in China's internal affairs, the ministry said.

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