Trump Signs US-Taiwan Travel Bill That China Has Opposed

Elias Hubbard
March 17, 2018

President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that would allow US officials to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts, a move certain to anger China, which views Taiwan as a wayward province.

The bill, introduced by Steve Chabot, a Republican representative of OH, had recently won approval from the House and Senate. It was passed by the Senate a little over a month later on February 28.

US President Donald Trump has defied Chinese pressure to sign legislation promoting closer ties between the US and Taiwan.

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

He later agreed with President Xi Jinping to honour the so-called one-China policy, under which the United States acknowledges Beijing's position that there is only one China that encompasses Taiwan.

But China doesn't consider Taiwan an independent country.

While deepening cooperation at all levels, MOFA pledges that Taiwan will uphold the principles of mutual trust, and reciprocity, to maintain a robust and active partnership for the peace and stability of the region.

Trump signed the Taiwan Travel Act into law on Friday, after Congress approved it. It also encourages growing an economic and cultural relationship.

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