Radio Taiwan International
Date: 27 March, 2020
By: John Van Trieste
The act is designed to help Taiwan keep its diplomatic allies in the face of Chinese pressure. Since 2016, eight allies have broken off ties with Taiwan in favor of ties with Beijing.
Under the act, the US may reward countries that stick with Taiwan with an increased diplomatic presence or expanded assistance. It can also reduce or terminate its diplomatic presence in countries that move to downgrade their ties with Taiwan, and limit or cut off aid to them as well.