China blasts meddling as US signs new Taiwan support law
Iran Press TV
Friday, 27 March 2020 8:50 AM
US President Donald Trump has signed a congressional bill into law that entails greater American support for Taiwan at a global level, amid Beijing's long-time criticism of Washington not to interfere in Chinese internal affairs and to recognize its sovereignty over the breakaway island.
Trump signed into law on Thursday the so-called Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act, which calls for the strengthening of Taiwan's diplomatic ties on an international basis and requires Washington to "alter" engagement with countries that undercut Taiwan's security.
"This bipartisan legislation demands a whole-of-government approach to ramp up our support for Taiwan, and will send a strong message to nations that there will be consequences for supporting Chinese actions that undermine Taiwan," said Colorado Senator Cory Gardner, one of the authors of the bill.
Reacting to the move, Beijing on Friday censured the new US law aimed at strengthening Taiwan's international position, insisting that it obstructed other nations from developing normal ties with Beijing.
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang (File photo)
Speaking at a daily news briefing in Beijing, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang further called on Washington to stop meddling in its affairs.
Taiwan currently maintains diplomatic ties with only 15 countries of the world -- almost all of which are small and developing nations such as Nauru, Belize and Honduras.
The development came a day after China's defense ministry reacted strongly after another US warship passed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, accusing Washington on Thursday of playing a dangerous game with its persisting support for Taiwan.
The US Navy's Pacific Fleet confirmed in a Twitter posting earlier on Thursday that one of its guided-missile destroyers -- USS McCampbell -- had on Wednesday sailed through the strategic waterway that separates Taiwan from China.
Taiwan's defense ministry confirmed the transit in a statement, calling the sailing an "ordinary mission" through the sensitive waterway and no cause for alarm.
China has sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan, and under the "One China" policy, almost all world countries recognize that sovereignty, saying the island is part of China's territory awaiting reunification.
While Washington also recognizes Chinese sovereignty over the island, it has long courted Taipei in an attempt to counter Beijing.
Although the United States maintains no formal diplomatic relations with Taipei by law, it continues to remain the island's largest arms supplier and an international backer of Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen's government, causing growing tensions with Beijing over trade and a host of other issues.
The US regularly carries out what it deems as "freedom of navigation" operations through the narrow strait, angering Beijing, which has never ruled out the use of force to bring the island under its full control.
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