Taiwan Trade Deal Approved by US Lawmakers Despite Chinese Opposition

US lawmakers have voted to approve an agreement aimed at strengthening economic relations with Taiwan, despite objections from China. The US-Taiwan Initiative on 21st Century Trade seeks to simplify customs procedures, enhance regulatory processes, and establish measures to combat corruption. The agreement, which has already been signed by the American Institute in Taiwan and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States, will now move to the Senate for ratification. Although the US does not have official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, it remains a key ally and trade partner.

China, however, views Taiwan as its territory and strongly opposes any official or sovereign relationships between the island and other countries. In response to the agreement, China warned the US against entering into any pacts with Taiwan that could be construed as having political implications. These developments come after China conducted military exercises simulating a blockade of Taiwan in April, in response to meetings between US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.


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