Washington has followed the EU in announcing an upgrade of trade relations with Taipei, a move that has angered Beijing.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters that Washington wanted to deepen its economic cooperation with Taiwan.
Speaking on Air Force One en route to Japan on Sunday, Sullivan said the United States was “We would like to deepen our economic partnership with Taiwan, with high technology issues including semiconductors and supply chains.“
He noted that the US has done “I don’t want to see unilateral change in the status quo,“No”Military aggression.“Sullivan adds that Washington expects it.”Allies and partners, both in the region and beyond,“To extend this message.
The National Security Adviser is accompanying President Joe Biden to Japan to attend the summit of the Quartet Security Dialogue Group, comprising the United States, Japan, India and Australia. The leaders of the four countries will discuss, among other issues, regional security, Reuters reported.
EU Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis told the European Parliament earlier this month that the bloc was “planning to launch”.ModernizedJune 2 Trade and investment dialogue with Taiwan.
The plan, which was first reported by the South China Morning Post in November, is nothing new. However, since the level of cooperation has apparently been upgraded, EU Director General of Commerce Sabin Weyand and Taiwan’s Economic Affairs Minister Wang Mei-hua are expected to lead the talks.
News outlets have claimed that plans to forge closer ties between the European Union and Taiwan were shot down last year by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, fearing it could worsen the bloc’s ties with mainland China.
However, according to the report, Brussels has changed tactics since then, with Dombrovsky recently announcing that the EU wants “Build our trade and investment partnership with Taiwan where our interests intersect.“
European official Taiwan’s “Role as a high-tech leader,The South China Morning Post speculates that Brussels is banking on Taipei’s semiconductor industry with its own ambitious European chips law, which Von der Leyen unveiled in February.
Taiwan’s ambassador to the EU, Ming-yen, welcomed the announcement by Sai Dombrovskis, while a spokesman for the Chinese mission to the EU called Brussels.Do not gamble on this issue, adhere to the one-China policy, sincerely respect China’s sovereignty and respect its political commitment through firm action.“
The Beijing delegation added that China was opposed.Official interaction or any negotiation and signing of an agreement, including the effect of sovereignty and an official nature between the country or organization and the territory of Taiwan,“Describe the subject as a subject”The political basis of Sino-EU relations.“
Taiwan is a self-governing territory, de facto governed by its own government since 1949, when the Chinese defeated in the civil war fled to the island and established its own administration there. China views Taiwan’s authorities as separatists, insisting that the island is an integral part of China.
In recent years, Beijing has intensified its military operations in the Taiwan Strait, separating mainland China from the island. Top Chinese officials, including President Xi Jinping, have publicly stated that the use of force is one of the options at the table to ensure Taiwan’s “reunification” with the People’s Republic of China.
Under the so-called “One China” policy, the majority country refrains from formally recognizing Taiwan’s independence.
Taiwan, however, has enjoyed extensive diplomatic and military support from the United States over the years, which maintains informal relations with the island. Washington has repeatedly warned Beijing that any attempt to occupy Taiwan by force could have serious consequences.