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 to Taiwan, and when relations between Washington and Beijing have sunk to their lowest levels in decades. US President Donald Trump is campaigning again in November with a tough approach to China among his major foreign policy platforms.
The State Department’s top diplomat for East Asia, David Stillwell, said a virtual forum organized by the conservative Heritage Foundation said the latest US move was not a policy shift, but Washington’s long-set “significant adjustment” within China Was a part of 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.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry expressed thanks for demonstrating support at a time when it said that China was using military intimidation to harm peace and stability near Taiwan, adding that it would strengthen its defense capabilities Will continue
In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said that no one should underestimate China’s resolve to protect its sovereignty, and urged the United States to stop increasing its relations with Taiwan.
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.
The “Six Assurance” carried out in Taipei by former President Ronald Reagan’s administration was said by Stillwell’s predecessor Daniel Russell to be early in the Trump administration, that it was “clandestine” 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.
Monday’s announcements came several months after Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (2330.TW), The world’s largest contract chipmaker, announced plans to build a $ 12 billion factory in Arizona as the Trump administration stepped up efforts to cut supply chain dependence on China.
Reporting by David Braunstrom and Humera Pamuk; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in Taipei and Gabriel Crossley in Beijing; Editing by Marguerita Choy and Lincoln Feast.