- The recent passage of two Taiwan-related bills by the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee drew denouncement Beijing
- If signed into law, one bill could allow Taiwanese heads of state to formally visit the White House
- Since 1979, Washington has cut off diplomatic ties with the government in Taipei under the “One China” policy
Date: January 11, 2018
By: Nyshka Chandran
The U.S. made a move this week to strengthen its relationship with Taiwan, raising eyebrows in China, which strongly opposes countries pursuing ties with the island-nation.
The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee passed two bills on Tuesday aimed at bolstering “the critical U.S.-Taiwan partnership,” according to a statement. One bill,
called the Taiwan Travel Act, encouraged high-level visits between Washington and Taipei “at all levels of government” while the second addressed Taiwan’s exclusion from the World Health Organization.
Currently, the State Department enforces self-imposed restrictions on official travel due to the unofficial nature of the bilateral alliance.
Once Sino-U.S. ties were established in 1979, Washington cut off diplomatic links with Taipei in adherence with Beijing’s “One China” policy, which recognizes the East Asian island as part of China. Since then, no Taiwanese leader has formally visited the White House, but that could change if Tuesday’s bill gets signed into law.
Washington still maintains cultural, commercial and security ties with Taipei.