søndag 10. januar 2021

Pompeo lifts US-Taiwan restrictions in move likely to anger China

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo is lifting restrictions on contacts between US officials and their Taiwanese counterparts, a move welcomed by Taiwan but labelled by some observers a publicity stunt likely designed to anger China. The announcement came late on Saturday, just 11 days before the departure of President Donald Trump, whose foreign relations have been defined by increased hostilities with Beijing.

In a statement, Pompeo said the US state department had imposed the complex internal restrictions on itself “in an attempt to appease the Communist regime in Beijing”, and he was now lifting them all. The guidelines included restrictions on where representatives could meet, and limited the ranks allowed to attend Taiwan’s national day celebrations. They also said the US should not refer to Taiwan as a “country” or “government”.