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China rejects landmark US law protecting Taiwan as ‘illegal and invalid’

China called a key piece of US legislation governing relations with Taiwan “illegal and invalid”, saying it had opposed the law once described by a senior Biden official as one of the key foreign policy activities for more than 40 years. in the history of Congress.

On Wednesday, Zhu Fenglian, a spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) in Beijing, rejected the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), the 1979 law that requires the United States to supply the island with defensive weapons while preserving its own ability to defend itself. to oppose any attempt to resolve disputes in the Taiwan Strait other than peacefully.

The TRA is part of the US ‘one China’ policy, whereby the US established diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1979 and continued to maintain an unofficial relationship with Taiwan. This foundation of “one China” also includes the three US-PRC communiqués and the six securities the Reagan administration has given to Taipei.

Beijing considers the communiqués – issued in 1972, 1979 and 1982 – fundamental to US-China relations. They formalized, among other policy proposals, the shift of US recognition from Taipei to Beijing. Meanwhile, the assurances, including from 1982, include pledges not to set a date for the end of arms sales, not to change its stance on Taiwan’s political status, and not to pressure the island to negotiate with the PRC.

The US does not take a position on Taiwan’s sovereignty; she considers the status of the island to be indefinite. It is important that the US acknowledges but not recognise or to accept the PRC’s claim to Taiwan as part of Chinese territory, according to Beijing’s own “one China” principle.

“The so-called ‘Taiwan Relations Act’ and ‘Six Assurances’ contradict the Sino-US joint communiqués and constitute gross interference in China’s internal affairs,” Zhu said at a regular TAO press briefing. “They are totally wrong, illegal and invalid. China has strongly opposed them from the beginning.”

Her comments followed official US confirmation that a congressional delegation had arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday for a diplomatic visit, and were spoken after a Pentagon spokesman said the trip was in accordance with US obligations under the TRA.

The TRA — backed by Senator Joe Biden 42 years ago — is the only element of America’s “one China” policy enshrined in US law. The US considers joint communiqués to be non-binding declarations of intent to implement future policies, consistent with their understanding.

Jessica Drun, a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington, said: news week the TRA “has the most weight.”

China rejects landmark US law on Taiwan
President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress in the living room of the US Capitol on April 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. China has called a key piece of US legislation governing relations with Taiwan “illegal and invalid.”
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Kurt Campbell, who testified before Congress in October 2011, described the TRA as “one of the most significant acts of legislative leadership in foreign policy in our history.”

Then the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Obama Administration’s State Department, the architect of the U.S. “Pivot to Asia” told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that it was “deeply in the interest of the United States” was to have a broad, unofficial relationship with Taiwan and its people.

In July, Campbell told an Asia Society forum that the Biden administration believes “Taiwan has the right to live in peace”.


Last Friday, the BTB announced sanctions against three Taiwanese officials, including two cabinet members in the government of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Beijing said it had blacklisted Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and Taiwan’s parliament speaker You Si-kun.

China, which had hinted at the measures in November 2020, labeled the trio “stubborn” supporters of Taiwan’s independence and said it would bar them from accessing or doing business with mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

BTB’s counterpart in Taipei, known as the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), said it was considering appropriate countermeasures the following day. MAC Minister Chiu Tai-san told local lawmakers at a parliamentary hearing in Taipei on Monday that Taiwan would look at how other countries have responded in the past.

Chiu described Beijing’s sanctions as a “pointless announcement”.

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