lørdag 10. april 2021

US announces new policy encouraging government ties with Taiwan officials

The US State Department announced on Friday a new policy to “encourage” engagement between American and Taiwanese government officials, a move made to bring Washington into compliance with a law signed by former president Donald Trump. The new guidelines “encourage US government engagement with Taiwan that reflects our deepening unofficial relationship”, State Department spokesman Ned Price said. “Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and an important security and economic partner that is also a force for good in the international community.”

Price said the changes “liberalise guidance on contacts with Taiwan, consistent with our unofficial relations, and provide clarity throughout the Executive Branch on effective implementation of our ‘one China’ policy, which is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the three Joint Communiques and the Six Assurances”.

The Taiwan Relations Act was signed by then-president Jimmy Carter shortly after Washington switched official diplomatic relations from Taipei to Beijing in 1979, and obligate the US government to support Taiwan’s defence capabilities.