Trump Signs Taiwan Travel Act, Earns Rap from Beijing

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The recommendation, however, is in line with the Taiwan Travel Act that was signed into law by Trump Friday and encourages visits between government officials of the two countries at all levels.

After President Trump's approval of the Taiwan Travel Act March 16, the Office of the President released an official statement expressing gratitude for all of the support shown by US Congress and President Trump to the people of Taiwan. But it maintains trade relations with the island and sells it weapons, angering China. Rather, it sees it as a rogue province that will eventually be folded back into the communist state - by use of force if necessary. Premier William Lai has called Washington a "solid ally" and said that he "wholeheartedly" anticipates that the law will "further raise the substantive relationship between Taiwan and the United States".

The Taiwan Travel Act will allow unrestricted two-way travel for officials from the United States and Taiwan, thus restoring direct official U.S. contacts with the self-ruled island, which were cut in 1979 when Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing.

In a statement, the ministry said that China urges the US to handle Taiwan-related issues cautiously to avoid causing serious harm to Sino-US ties and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait region.

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Jinping is also elected as the head of the powerful Central Military Commission, the apex command of the Chinese military. After the demolition of the two-term limit, Xi and his close confidant Wang are all set for a lifelong tenure.

The US president is also reportedly considering a new package of tariffs on imports to the United States as early as next week, this time targeting more than 100 Chinese products worth up to $60 billion (€48.5 billion).

Stanley Kao (高碩泰), Taiwan's representative to the U.S., said he is looking forward to more interaction between the two countries.

"The United States is an important ally of Taiwan, and we express our sincerest gratitude for the long-standing support that the USA has shown in all areas". U.S. administrations already had discretionary authority to permit visits by senior Taiwanese officials and visits by senior USA officials and military officers to Taiwan, he said.

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