The US government has announced talks with Taiwan over a trade deal in a new show of support for the island’s self-governing democracy, which China’s ruling Communist Party claims as part of its territory.
The announcement came Thursday after Beijing held military drills that included launching missiles into the seas around Taiwan to intimidate the island after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the senior US government official, has been speaking to Taiwan since March 25 years had visited .
Thursday’s US trade representative’s announcement made no mention of tensions with Beijing but said the negotiations were meant to improve trade and regulatory cooperation, a move that would require closer official interaction.
The United States has no official relationship with Taiwan, but maintains extensive informal contacts through the unofficial American Institute in Taiwan. Washington is required by federal law to ensure that the island has the means to defend itself.
Taiwan and China split in 1949. The island was never part of the People’s Republic of China, but the Communist Party says it has an obligation to rejoin the mainland, by force if necessary.
The talks will also cover agriculture, labor, the environment, digital technology, state-owned enterprise status and “non-market policies,” the USTR said.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/communist-party-ap-taiwan-beijing-nancy-pelosi-b2147355.html US to hold trade talks with Taiwan to show support