Trump signs Taiwan travel act which China opposes

China sees Taiwan as a renegade province and has long stated its desire for reunification

China sees Taiwan as a renegade province and has long stated its desire for reunification

Since news broke of Trump's signing of the travel act, Taiwan has vowed to strengthen ties with the U.S.

The action came despite China warning that the Taiwan Travel Act would severely damage relations between Washington and Beijing.

The US does not have formal ties with Taiwan but is required by law to help it with self-defence, and is the island's primary source of weapons.

China's Foreign Ministry yesterday expressed its "resolute opposition" after United States President Donald Trump signed legislation last Friday that encourages the USA to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa.

The bill, which is non-binding, would have gone into effect on Saturday morning, even if Trump had not signed it, said the White House.

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Such a meeting, suggested by the authors of the paper titled "U.S. -Taiwan Relations in a Sea of Change", would address issues of shared interest and concern, and would shatter longstanding practice that dates back to 1979 when the two countries severed official diplomatic ties.

"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".

The bill has angered Chinese officials, who see Taiwan as an inalienable provincial territory of China because of the One China Policy that was established in the US-PRC joint communique of 1982.

In this Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, file photo, released by Taiwan Presidential Office, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks with US President-elect Donald Trump through a speaker phone in Taipei, Taiwan. 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".

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

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