Washington also said it rejected six Reagan-era security assurances given to Taiwan, a move analysts said intended to show further support for Taipei.
The announcements come at a time of growing Chinese threats towards Taiwan, and while relations between Washington and Beijing have sunk to their worse levels over the decades, while US President Donald Trump calls for his crucial re-election in November for China Campaigned with a difficult approach to foreign policy. Forum.
The State Department’s top diplomat for East Asia, David Stillwell, told a virtual forum organized by the Conservative Heritage Foundation that the latest US moves were not a policy shift, but one of Washington’s long set of “significant adjustments” within China Was part. Policy.
Washington compelled them to view a “growing threat by Beijing for peace and stability” in a crucially important region, and Beijing tried to isolate Taiwan by diplomatically isolating Taiwan.
“We will continue to help Taipei to resist the Chinese Communist Party’s campaign to pressure, intimidate and marginalize Taiwan,” Stillwell said.
Like most countries, the United States has official relations with Beijing, but not Taiwan, which Beijing claims as a Chinese territory. However, Washington is obliged by law to protect Taiwan and is its main arms supplier.
Daniel Russell, Stillwell’s predecessor by early times in the Trump administration, said that “Six Assurance” was “kept secretly” at best.
He said the decision to publish them seemed like a conciliatory response to the administration’s pressure to leave “strategic ambiguity” – a long-term policy of explicitly withdrawing America’s commitment to protect Taiwan, while Still showing enough support to take any Chinese army into custody. Dare.
Amidst assurances made in 1982, but never formally made public, there are statements that the United States has not set a date to end arms sales to Taiwan, nor on such sales. Prior consultation with Beijing or Taiwan has agreed to amend the Relations Act outlining US policy towards the island.
Assurance, Stillwell said, “endure today.”
Former US Rep. Douglas Pael of Taiwan said the move appeared to be largely a show-off.
“My guess at the moment is that Stillwell and the administration want to look dire … so they are walking close to China’s red lines, but are not ready to cross them.”
Stillwell said that economic interactions will “explore the full spectrum of our economic relationships – semiconductors, healthcare, energy, and beyond, with technology.”
“While they may be concerned, our relationship with Taiwan is not a subset of our bilateral relations with the PRC,” he said referring to mainland China.
The world’s biggest contract chipmaker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., came several months after making several announcements on Monday as the Trump administration stepped up efforts to cut supply chain dependence on China.
Taiwan has been keen to negotiate a free trade agreement with the United States, but a large US trade deficit, which Trump has determined to reduce with other trading partners, including China, is a hindrance to it. (Reporting by David Braunstrom and Hamera Pamuk Editing by Marguerita Choy)