With a few weeks left in hand for the Trump administration, they have crossed a dangerous line with China days before Joe Biden takes the office. The U.S removed a decade-old, self-imposed restriction on how its diplomats and officials interact with Taiwan.
“For several decades the State Department has created complex internal restrictions to regulate our diplomats, service members, and other officials’ interactions with their Taiwanese counterparts,” Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said in a statement Saturday in Washington. “No more.”
After the announcement China state media lashed out on U.S, accusing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of “seeking to maliciously inflict a long-lasting scar on China-US ties.”
The announcement was the latest in the series but it’s the only one since Trump took over the office from Obama.
China opposed the meeting between the U.S and Taiwanese officials in the past. But the Chinese foreign ministry didn’t respond to a request for comment on the latest announcement.
However Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu didn’t hesitate for a second to tweet that he was grateful to Pompeo for “lifting restrictions unnecessarily limiting our engagements.”
Taiwan is a sensitive issue for China’s ruling Communist Party, which considers the self-governing island of 23.6 million people a renegade province that should be brought under its rule.
Pompeo said that the US maintains relationships with unofficial partners around the world, and that Taiwan is no exception.