Angered by the US Senate committee’s approval of the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022, China has said the move “seriously violates” Washington’s commitment to Beijing on Taiwan and violates the One China policy.
Beijing warned that passage of the bill will “shake the political foundation of China-US relations,” have “extremely serious consequences,” and affect “cross-strait peace and stability.”
“This constitutes interference in China’s internal affairs, violates international law and fundamental norms in international relations, and sends a seriously wrong signal to the ‘Taiwan Independence’ separatist forces,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said on Tuesday Thursday at a press conference.
The State Department spokeswoman further noted that China has made serious démarches to the US side.
If the bill “continues to be discussed, pushed forward, or even enacted into law, it will severely shake the political foundation of Sino-US relations and have extremely serious consequences for Sino-US relations and cross-strait peace and stability,” he said added the narrator.
“There is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory,” the foreign ministry spokeswoman said.
Beijing urged the US to “move forward” deliberations on the Taiwan Policy Act 2022 and warned Washington against using the “Taiwan map” to contain the mainland.
The US Senate Committee on Wednesday approved the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022. It is considered the most sweeping realignment of US policy toward the island since the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979.
The legislation, which imposes sanctions on China if it attempts to seize Taiwan by force, includes provisions to significantly increase US military support to Taipei.
Though the US has been selling arms to Taiwan for decades, the new legislation is a step closer to giving the island’s self-governing democracy an additional $4.5 billion in security aid over the next four years.
The strong bipartisan nature of the vote is seen as a clear sign that both Republicans and Democrats support changes in US policy toward Taiwan, including treating Taipei as a key non-NATO ally.
Since the bill was introduced in June, China has warned it would take “firm countermeasures” if Washington took any action that harms Beijing’s interests.
Beijing has repeatedly claimed the self-governing democratic island of Taiwan as part of its territory. It has long vowed to “unite” the island with mainland China by force if necessary.
Tensions between Taiwan and mainland China have been running high since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taipei in August. China responded by ordering several days of military drills around the island.
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