January 10, 2021

Mike Pompeo scraps US-Taiwan restrictions

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The Gist

The United States is lifting longstanding restrictions between American and Taiwanese officials, in a move that is expected to anger Beijing. 

The List

  • According to Pompeo, Washington has for years tried "to appease the Communist regime in Beijing," by regulating diplomatic relations with Taiwan. 
  • “Today I am announcing that I am lifting all of these self-imposed restrictions", Pompeo said. 
  • The Chinese government considers mainland China and Taiwan as part of "one China" - US relations with the island have long been a source of tension.
  • Trump administration has announced on Thursday that the UN ambassador  Kelly Craft would go to Taiwan, a move that sparked criticism from China. 
  • "I'm grateful to @SecPompeo & @StateDept for lifting restrictions", said Tawan foreign minister Joseph Wu. 

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