Beijing has lengthy reacted negatively to any efforts by Taipei to normalize or regularize relations with Washington. It has denounced journeys to the US by officers from Taiwan and criticized conferences with American officers. The opposition from Beijing, and the State Division’s complicated guidelines, have ensured that almost all interactions between the US and Taiwan happen at a comparatively low stage.
Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is scheduled to journey to Taiwan this week for a three-day go to geared toward bolstering assist for the self-governed island’s expanded participation in worldwide organizations. As cross-strait relations have soured lately, China has wielded its rising financial and political clout to chip away at Taiwan’s worldwide standing, together with by blocking any try by the island to affix worldwide organizations just like the United Nations.
Over the previous yr, Taiwan has sought to capitalize on its unimaginable success in controlling the coronavirus to foyer for its participation within the World Well being Group. The island of 23 million folks has to this point had solely 828 circumstances and 7 deaths from the virus, regardless of its proximity to the mainland.
The Trump administration has taken up the problem as properly, and it was prominently highlighted throughout a visit to the island final August by Alex M. Azar II, the secretary of well being and human providers, the highest-level American go to to Taiwan in many years. China responded to Mr. Azar’s go to by sending two fighter jets towards Taiwan, a part of a extra aggressive stance from Beijing over the previous yr that has seen Individuals’s Liberation Military plane fly towards the island virtually day by day.
China, which vehemently opposes any diplomatic gesture that they see as validating Taiwan’s official standing, condemned information of Ms. Craft’s upcoming go to and vowed to retaliate.
At a repeatedly scheduled press briefing on Friday, a Chinese language international ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, cited Mr. Pompeo in saying that “just a few anti-China politicians” within the Trump administration “have placed on stage their ultimate insanity, unscrupulously utilizing the remaining days in workplace to sabotage China-U.S. relations and serve their private political features.”
Mr. Pompeo’s announcement was welcomed in Taiwan, which has pushed for nearer relations with the US as Beijing’s conduct has grown extra aggressive. Joseph Wu, Taiwan’s international minister, stated on Twitter that he was grateful to Mr. Pompeo for lifting restrictions that have been “unnecessarily limiting our engagements these previous years.”