The coordinator for the Indo-Pacific area under President Joe Biden stated that Taiwan and China remained the focus of American strategy.
TAIPEI — As a show of support for the self-governing island democracy that China's ruling Communist Party claims as part of its territory, the U.S. government proposes to hold negotiations with Taiwan on a comprehensive trade agreement.
Following this month's visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Beijing conducted military exercises that included launching missiles into the sea to frighten Taiwan. This revelation was made on Thursday.
The office of the U.S. Trade Representative claimed the "formal negotiations" were intended to improve trade and regulatory cooperation, which would necessitate deeper official interaction, but made no mention of the hostility with Beijing.
Kurt Campbell, the Indo-Pacific coordinator for President Joe Biden, told reporters last week that trade negotiations will be a part of attempts to "deepen our ties with Taiwan," even if he insisted that U.S. policy was remaining unchanged.
Following a civil war, Taiwan and China divided in 1949. The Communist Party claims that even though the island has never been a part of the People's Republic of China, it must politically unify with the mainland, even if that means using force.
Although there are no formal diplomatic links between the US and Taiwan, the American Institute in Taiwan serves as a substantial proxy for the US in Taiwan.
According to the Chinese government of President Xi Jinping, official interaction with Taiwan, like Pelosi's one-day visit on August 2, could give the island the confidence to try to formally declare its de facto independence, which Beijing claims would spark a conflict.
Washington claims it has no opinion on the relationship between China and Taiwan but favors a peaceful resolution to their conflict. Federal law requires the U.S. government to ensure that the island has the tools necessary to protect itself.