Trade Isn't The Only Thing That Has China Mad At The US

As China makes economic overture, Taiwanese push for independence referendum

The Chinese mainland resolutely opposes any form of official or military contact between the United States and Taiwan, a spokesman said Wednesday.

President Donald Trump's signature is now all that is needed for the bill to become law - something that is not likely to be an obstacle, given that the bill was passed unanimously.

Asked about some Taiwan media stirring up trouble following remarks by members of a US 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.

U.S. scholars warned Taiwan Thursday to think about the implications of the U.S. Taiwan Travel Act, especially what it will mean for relations across the Taiwan Strait, and assess whether the country can stand up to the pressure that will come from China as a result.

In a strongly-worded editorial, the official China Daily said if the bill becomes law it will only encourage Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to further assert the island's sovereignty.

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But Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen praised the bill's final passage in a tweet posted late Wednesday, saying it "symbolizes the #US Congress' longstanding support for #Taiwan".

"Since the bound by domestic law to act on behalf of the island in that instance, it would only give substance to the observation that the descent into hell is easy".

China has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control.

"It is highly unlikely that the USA will send top-level officials to Taiwan as it would be seen by Beijing as crossing the red line", agreed Phillip Yang of the Taiwan Association of International Relations, who suspected President Tsai would avoid making any dramatic visits to Washington for the same reason.

Taiwan welcomed the measure, stressing the its most important ally.

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The US has no formal ties with Taiwan but is bound by law to help it defend itself and is the island's main source of arms. China regularly says Taiwan is the most sensitive issue in its ties with Washington.

"We also sternly warn Taiwan: do not rely on foreigners to build yourselves up, or it will only draw the fire upon you", it said in a short statement.

Green also pointed out that China will react to the passing of the act by going after Taiwan, not the US, so the Taiwan government needs to be sure that "it really wants this". "Joint Communiques, stop official exchanges and substantial improvement of ties with Taiwan".

Lee, a mentor of Tsai, won Taiwan's first democratic presidential election in 1996, amid threats of war from China that led to the deployment of U.S. carrier groups to the Taiwan Strait.

USA academics on Thursday said that Taiwan should think about the implications of the act, especially what it means for relations across the Taiwan Strait, and to assess whether the nation can stand up to the pressure that will come from China as a result.

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The act uses the word "should" in relation to how the US should execute it, so the USA government has no obligation to actually enforce it, Su said.

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