Talk of a US-Taiwan trade deal has provoked Beijing’s ire. China sees democratic Taiwan as a part of its territory and comes out strongly against other countries treating the island as an independent nation.
Beijing’s response to the American initiative was swift, and unmistakeable in its rhetoric.
The statement meant to go off early signs that Washington is eyeing an eventual trade pact with Taiwan.
US secretary of State Antony Blinken alluded to the beginning of such talks during a congressional hearing. His remarks came with Beijing already incensed by a visit from three US senators to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Sunday to announce a serious vaccine donation.
Despite officially cutting diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979 so as to acknowledge Beijing as China’s only official representative – the US remains Taiwan’s most powerful ally and largest arms supplier.
Increased US support within the sort of strengthened trade relations is probably going to feed China’s anger – further complicating relations between the world’s top two economies.
(USTR) office said it’s “no meetings to announce at this point .
It added, however, that “the us believes it’s important to continue strengthening our bilateral trade relationship with Taiwan”.
A spokesman for Taiwan’s representative office in Washington said they were “working to interact in discussions with USTR, which can hopefully cause progress in our bilateral trade relationship”.
Bonnie Glaser, a Taiwan expert at the German Marshall Fund of the US, said Blinken’s comment was a sign Washington was likely to maneuver forward with a resumption of Trade Investment Framework Talks (TIFA) with Taiwan that haven’t been held since the administration of former President Barack Obama.
However, she said the Biden administration had probably not made a choice on whether to require the much larger step of pursuing a bilateral trade agreement with Taiwan