Beijing on Saturday expressed its strong opposition to United States President Donald Trump’s signing of the Taiwan Travel Act, which allows American representatives to meet officials from the self-ruled island.
“The relevant clauses of the Taiwan Travel Act severely violate the one-China principle,” a statement released by the Chinese embassy in Washington said. “China is strongly dissatisfied with that and firmly opposes it.”
The statement said the US should stop pursuing any official ties with Taiwan or improving its current relations with Taiwan in any substantive way.
Trump signed the act on Friday, defying earlier warnings from Beijing.
The White House said the bill would pave the way for more official exchanges with Taipei.
Taiwan has been self-governed since the end of a civil war in 1949, but Beijing has always considered it a renegade province awaiting reunification, by force if necessary.
The US travel bill, introduced by Steve Chabot, a Republican representative of Ohio, had earlier won approval from the House and Senate.
Before his inauguration, Trump angered Beijing by speaking over the phone to Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and suggesting he might use the so-called one-China policy as a bargaining chip to advance US interests in trade, currency and strategic issues, such as the disputed South China Sea.
However, he later told Chinese President Xi Jinping that he would honour the policy, under which the United States acknowledges that there is only one China, encompassing Taiwan.