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United States promotes closer ties with Taiwan, China furious

United States promotes closer ties with Taiwan, China furious”

"China is strongly dissatisfied with the bill and resolutely opposes it, and has already lodged stern representations with the USA side", the Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed the Taiwan Travel Act, which aims to encourage high-level visit exchange between the United States and Taiwan.

"Taiwan has already broken the present status - our position of adhering to the 1992 Consensus that upholds the one-China principle and opposing the so-called "Taiwan independence" is very clear", stated An Fengshan, spokesman for Taiwan's Affairs Office.

The limitations were imposed in a bid to avoid upsetting Beijing, despite the fact that USA military forces could be called on to defend Taiwan from an attack from China under the terms of the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act.

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A bill awaiting President Trump's signature has angered China so much that the state-run China Daily warns it could trigger war over the island Beijing still considers a renegade province.

"Taiwan is a fellow democracy and important partner in the Indo-Pacific region, so I am proud that Congress has now passed the Taiwan Travel Act and is sending it to the president's desk", said Sen.

Chen Shui-bian 陳水扁, 67, added in a pre-recorded video that "Taiwan is our country, not China's".

Both developments Wednesday - the 71st anniversary of an uprising that led to a massacre of Taiwanese by Chiang's soldiers - highlight the challenges that President Tsai Ing-wen faces in dealing with rising pressure from China while trying to keep Taiwan's pro-independence voters on her side as midterm elections approach.

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China has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control. The law stipulates continued sales of defensive arms to Taiwan and states that the United States would help Taiwan resist an armed attack from China.

Opposition legislator Chiang Chi-chen said that arms sales and U.S. support to Taiwan were matters of negotiations between Washington and Beijing, and the new bill would also be discussed. China regularly says Taiwan is the most sensitive issue in its ties with Washington.

-China relationship. The Act includes Congress' finding that "Since the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act, relations between the United States and Taiwan have suffered from insufficient high-level communication due to the self-imposed restrictions that the United States maintains on high-level visits with Taiwan". However, that visit occurred under Taiwan's previous Ma Ying-jeou administration, which Beijing viewed more favorably.

Asked about some Taiwan media stirring up trouble following remarks by members of a USA think tank, An said some "unscrupulous" people from the island acted actively as other countries' tools, at the cost of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and the wellbeing of people on both sides.

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Noting the unanimous passage of the bill through Congress, the Communist Party newspaper Global Times said that reflected "growing nationalist sentiment in the usa in the face of China's rise".

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