A possible agreement between Washington and Taipei may upset China, which sees Taiwan as one of its provinces.
The United States will soon begin to discuss a trade agreement with Taiwan, and on Monday (June 7) announced the head of American foreign affairs Anthony Brinken.
“I know we are discussing with Taiwan, or we will start discussing some form of framework agreement soon. These discussions should begin”, He said at a parliamentary hearing in Washington. However, he asked Katherine Tai, the U.S. Trade Representative, for any details about these future negotiations.
A trade agreement with Taipei may upset China. China regards Taiwan as one of its provinces and may use force when it officially declares independence or external intervention.
Washington severed diplomatic relations with Taipei in 1979 to recognize Beijing as the sole official representative of China. But the United States remains Taiwan’s strongest ally and the largest arms supplier.
“Taiwan must have means of self-defense”, Reiterated Monday by Anthony Brinken. “For this, we continue to provide important equipment to Taiwan”, He added, referring to “Real concerns about the Beijing government’s growing aggression” About the island.