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On Thursday, a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced supporting bills in the Senate and House of Representatives that would require the United States to negotiate the renaming of Taiwan’s embassy in Washington as the “Taiwan Representative Office,” a move that is sure to anger the CCP.
The embassy is currently known as the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), using the name of the island’s capital. If these measures become law, any change in the name of the office could provide cover for smaller countries to take similar steps to strengthen their engagement with Taiwan, which the Communist China claims as its own territory.
It is also certain to create new cracks in the U.S. China relationship. Presently, the two countries are at their lowest point in decades as Washington tries to counterattack what it sees as growing economic and military coercion from Beijing.
Like most countries, the United States has no official relationship with democratically governed Taiwan, but is its biggest international supporter.
The bill directs the secretary of state to “seek negotiations with TECRO” to rename its office the “Taiwan Representative Office.”
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic Chairman Bob Menendez support the Senate bill, with Republican John Curtis and Democrat Chris Pappas leading in the House version.
Rubio said, “The United States must make it clear that despite the Chinese Communist Party’s best efforts to intimidate and coerce Taiwan, hostile forces have no right to claim sovereignty over democratic countries,”
Menendez told Reuters that the bills are consistent with the Taiwan Relations Act, which defines the unofficial relationship between the United States and Taiwan, and indicated Washington’s support for Taiwan to “determine its own future.”
“We must take this step to strengthen our diplomatic partnership with Taiwan and counter China’s repeated attempts to threaten and coerce countries around the world,” Pappas said.
The White House, the U.S. State Department and the Chinese Communist Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The Chinese communist state is outraged by any international reference to Taiwan because it considers the island to be its own country.
After Taiwan opened an office in Vilnius last year called the Taiwan Representative Office in Lithuania, the Chinese Communist Party downgraded diplomatic relations with Lithuania and urged multinational companies to cut ties with the country.
Beijing has never given up on using force to ensure eventual reunification with Taiwan, saying that Taiwan’s status is the most sensitive issue in the U.S. China relations and the foundation of the relationship between the two superpowers.
Proofread by: Linda Progress
Edited and Posted by: Linda Progress
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