China lodges strong protest with U.S. over signing of "Taiwan Travel Act"

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"China demands that the U.S. keep its promises, rectify its wrongs, refrain from implementing relevant clauses of the bill and stop seeking any official contacts, military ties or arms sales with Taiwan, so as to avoid doing serious harm to the China-U.S. relationship, the ties between the two countries' militaries and the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait", the ministry's spokesperson Wu Qian was quoted as saying.

While Su does not address how the US could leverage the act when dealing with China, he called the signing of the bill an edit to the Three Communiques, which make it clear that Taiwan and the USA are not to develop any official relationship.

On Friday, US President Donald Trump signed a controversial legislation that encourages the US government to send some of its senior officials to Taiwan to meet with Taiwanese officers and vice versa.

The White House said the bill will pave the way for more official exchanges with Taipei.

The move is likely to weigh heavily on US-China ties, which are now under strain after Trump announced new import tariffs on steel and aluminum. Currently, only about 20 countries have diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

"The signing of the Taiwan Travel Act is a symbolic but nevertheless meaningful act by the U.S. Congress and the president that expresses support for Taiwan", said Russell Hsiao, executive director of the Washington, D.C. -based think tank Global Taiwan Institute.




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

Residents of Taipeh also appeared happy with the development, with one man telling DW: "Taiwan is a political entity; we should have the right to officially visit the U.S.".

"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".

However, some have struck a warning note.

But it maintains trade relations with the island and sells it weapons, angering China.

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