USA lauds its ties with Taiwan on dedication of new office

14 Juin, 2018, 16:27 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • China Sets ‘Red Line’ for U.S. Ceremony in Taiwan

Marie Royce, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, said that the opening of the new complex represented the strengthening of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Taiwan, which have been almost nonexistent since 1979.

In order to establish diplomatic relations with China, Washington was required to acknowledge Beijing's One China policy, which does not recognize Taiwan as an independent state.

Beijing, which claims the island as its own territory, has been steadily dialing up the pressure on Taiwan's independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen.

The new AIT compound was constructed over nine years and has cost the USA some $250 million.

"I look forward 2 an even brighter chapter in our enduring friendship!"

Beijing considers Taiwan to be a breakaway Chinese province to eventually be reunited with the mainland, by force if necessary.

Burkina Faso has broken diplomatic ties with Taiwan in the latest blow to the self-ruled island that Beijing has been trying to isolate on the global stage, Taiwanese media reported on Thursday.

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Taiwan's military held an exercise last week that simulated a Chinese airborne assault on a major air base.

According to CNN, a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry said: "The United States sending officials to Taiwan under any excuses is in serious violation of the "one China" principle".

While Taiwan's relationship with the USA is essential to its security, it must also guard against provoking China, its biggest military threat but also the dominant market for the island's export-driven economy. Trump upended decades of diplomatic protocol by accepting a congratulatory phone call from Tsai shortly after his 2016 election. It opened the American Institute of Taiwan (AIT) to conduct relations between the two sides after severing ties. The non-profit institute is primarily staffed by employees of the U.S. State Department. "Taiwan authorities on the many partnerships and exchanges between the United States and Taiwan".

Taiwan has lobbied Washington to sell it more advanced equipment, including new fighter jets, to bolster its defenses.

The Taiwan Travel Act, which encourages exchange of visits by senior government officials of both sides, was signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump in March. At the opening ceremony, American Institute chairman James Moriarty referred to the Singapore summit and said it was important to respect its significance. "There's no escaping the fact that this is a significant symbol of the enduring United States commitment to Taiwan". "China needs to make early preparation", the tabloid said.

The AIT building, spread over 6.5 hectares (16 acres) of land, costs around $250 million and will employ more than 500 people and would be protected by US Marines.

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