Taiwanese Jubilant, Beijing 'Strongly Dissatisfied' as Trump Signs Taiwan Travel Act

China People's Liberation Army soldiers

But it maintains trade relations with the island and sells it weapons, angering China.

The Washington Free Beacon reported last October that newly discovered internal military documents have revealed that China intends to invade Taiwan by force before 2020.

"It is symbolically significant that [US] President [Donald] Trump has signed the Taiwan Travel Act rather than allowing it to go quietly into effect absent his positive endorsement", wrote Stanton, a visiting professor at National Taiwan University's International College.

The editorial warns ominously that "China's Anti-Secession Law provides a series of conditions wherein the Taiwan question is solved through non-peaceful means".

President Trump on Friday signed a bill allowed increased talks between the US and Taiwain.

China's could respond to a law that encourages relations between the USA and Taiwan with "military pressure", the country's state-run media said on Sunday. Liu Weidong, a researcher with the Institute of American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, noted for the same article that China would have no choice but to respond to increasing closeness between Washington and Taipei with counter moves that will strongly affect the US.

China's state-run media said the Taiwan Travel Act signed by President Donald Trump could lead to military pressure. The US ended diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1979 but continues to have a "robust unofficial relationship" with the self-ruled, democratic island, that Beijing considers a province of China. And given the publication's close links to Beijing, the views likely align with those in power.

"There was no reason why we could not simply change them", he said, adding that with "quiet support" from Washington, he raised the USA flag over the AIT for the first time since 1979, when the United States broke formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

"If any "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces perceive the USA bill as a 'pro-independence" signal, the Chinese army will resume its military probes circling the island and send more military vessels and airplanes to patrol the Straits, ' Liu said.

Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Saturday: "We urge the U.S. side to correct its mistake, stop pursuing any official ties with Taiwan or improving its current relations with Taiwan in any substantive way".

China regularly carries out military drills near Taiwan, which has been a cause for concern internationally.

The new U.S. law describes Taiwan as "a beacon of democracy" in Asia, and states that 'Taiwan's democratic achievements inspire many countries and people in the region'.

However, he also called Trump's delay in signing the act "worrisome", because he saw it as "another sign of the vacillation we have already witnessed in [Trump's] policies toward China and Taiwan".

Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's first female president and leader of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party, said she wants to preserve peace but, if pushed, will defend Taiwan's security.



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