The Taiwan tourism law threatens to further complicate relations between the United States and China.


The Taiwan tourism law threatens to further complicate relations between the United States and China.
In 2013, a tourist took photos of the 101st tower in Taipei. Policy experts say the Taiwan tourism law is a provocation for China because more visits by senior U.S. officials to Taiwan could help boost the island’s international image.
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Last month, President trump quietly signed a campaign to encourage U.S. officials to visit Taiwan, angering China amid growing trade tensions.
China regards Taiwan as a rogue state that ignores China’s sovereignty and has for decades insisted that other countries adhere to the “one China” policy and do not recognize Taiwan’s sovereignty. The “Taiwan travel act”, signed by Mr Trump after a unanimous vote in the house and senate, represents yet another stimulus to China in the ongoing trade dispute with the us.
The shift in U.S. policy will also affect the situation in north Korea, as the United States still needs China to help resolve tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear program.
Legislation is legally binding, but policy experts said it was a provocative to China, because the senior U.S. official to visit Taiwan, more, in turn, may help to raise the international profile of Taiwan. ‘the Chinese also see the law as an attempt by the United States to get leverage,’ said bonnie glaser, senior Asia adviser at the center for strategic and international studies.
“The Chinese believe that the United States simply USES Taiwan as a card to try to exert trade pressure on China,” she told Here&Now’s Peter O ‘dowd. “But I think what the United States really wants is to provide more protection for Taiwan. We want Taiwan to be more dignified, and we want to strengthen Taiwan’s security.”
Us cabinet-level officials are expected to lead Taiwan’s American institute, the DE facto embassy, to reopen in June when the Taipei office is relocated to the new building. Not many U.S. officials have visited the country, but Gina McCarthy, who led the environmental protection agency during the Obama administration, went there in 2014.
The United States is not often “authorize the travel, because the cost of the policy judgments that relations with China will exceed the benefits of relations with Taiwan”, from 2002 to 2006, former U.S. representative Taiwan Douglas parr told Reuters.
Mr. Glaser said China may consider the trip to be a violation of the two governments’ three joint communiques, and the United States recognizes China’s position that “there is only one China and Taiwan is part of China.”
The agreement also states that the United States “will only retain unofficial relations with Taiwan,” Mr. Glaser explained. “But I would say that Washington and Beijing have different definitions of what is unofficial.”
The United States has no official relationship with Taiwan, but it does help the country defend and supply most of the island’s weapons. Taiwan’s foreign ministry described trump’s signature as a “friendly gesture” and said he intended to increase ties with the United States, Reuters reported.
Since the independent foreign progressive party came to power in Taiwan in 2016, the self-ruled island has become increasingly hostile to China. Chinese President xi jinping on Tuesday urged Taiwan’s business community to condemn the island’s independent thinking, state media reported.
“Business and business friends of the island should stand firm and firmly uphold the 1992 consensus, oppose ‘Taiwan independence’ and firmly promote the peace and stability of cross-straits relations,” he said. Xi jinping told China and Taiwan, the foundation that promotes trade.
Indeed, Taiwan’s export-dependent economy could be hit hard if the us and China start a trade war. China is Taiwan’s largest trading partner, with nearly 30 per cent of its exports – an important part of the global supply chain for the technology industry – to China.
The appointment of former ambassador John bolton as trump’s new national security adviser has further complicated the situation. Bolton wanderers in January, wrote, “the Wall Street journal” on the United States should be “hit Taiwan brand” against China, suggested that if China does not retreat in the south China sea, the United States lent full diplomatic status in Taiwan.
Earlier this week, China reportedly set up communications jamming equipment in the south China sea to assert its dominance in the region. Mr. Glaser said that if the Chinese felt threatened, they could use force against Taiwan.
“If the Chinese believe that their leadership has a lot of nationalist pressure and they lose the legitimacy of the Chinese communist party, they may decide to attack Taiwan,” she said. “Because it will be very, very challenging for the us to defend Taiwan, because we are so far away, our power in Japan and elsewhere in the region is limited.”


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