WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Friday unveiled new rules for U.S. government contacts with Taiwan which are more likely to anger China however seem to reimpose some restrictions that had been lifted by the Trump administration.
The division introduced the modified coverage in an announcement that mentioned the Biden administration intends to “liberalize” the rules to mirror the “deepening unofficial relationship” between the U.S. and Taiwan. However, the revised tips don’t embrace all of the modifications put in place by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo within the waning days of the Trump administration.
Pompeo had lifted just about all restrictions on contacts with Taiwan, together with permitting Taiwanese army officers to put on uniforms and show the Taiwanese flag at conferences with U.S. officers. Friday’s modifications had been silent on these issues, though the rules do proceed to allow U.S. officers to fulfill their Taiwanese counterparts in federal buildings.
China regards Taiwan as a renegade province and opposes any try to deal with the island as an impartial nation. China had condemned Pompeo’s easing of the restrictions that had been in place because the U.S. acknowledged Beijing and dropped formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1979.
“These new guidelines will continue the U.S. government’s longstanding practice of providing clarity throughout the U.S. executive branch of how to implement our ‘one China’ policy,” the division mentioned. “This new guidance is a step forward from earlier versions, including the contact guidance that was in place for virtually all of the previous administration, by encouraging engagement with Taiwan counterparts and removing unneeded restrictions.”
Yet the assertion contained no particulars concerning the new “contact guidance” and congressional aides briefed on the matter mentioned the modifications had been truly extra restrictive than these Pompeo had rolled out simply 11 days earlier than the tip of the Trump administration.
The division mentioned Pompeo’s modifications had not made engagement with Taiwan simpler however slightly “had the practical policy effect of impeding our unofficial engagement with Taiwan — a problem that we are rectifying today with this new guidance.” It was not instantly clear how the new steering rectified the matter.
On Jan. 9, Pompeo issued a sweeping order that rescinded nearly all U.S. restrictions on contacts with Taiwan.
“The United States government took these actions unilaterally, in an attempt to appease the Communist regime in Beijing. No more,” Pompeo said in a statement that announced the “lifting all of these self-imposed restrictions.” He mentioned the U.S.-Taiwan relationship shouldn’t “be shackled by self-imposed restrictions of our permanent bureaucracy.”
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