Sep 15, 2022 12:55 UTC
  •  China objects as US Senate advances bill to boost support for Taiwan

China has complained as a panel of the United States Senate advances a bill to significantly expand military support for Chinese Taipei.

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday approved the Taiwan Policy Act, which is designed to make changes to the US’s declared “one China” policy and pave the way for moving closer to directly providing billions of dollars in military aid to the self-ruled island.

The legislation, which raises the ante against Beijing, also recommends sanctions on China if it uses force to try to take over the island militarily.

On Thursday, Beijing reacted, with Mao Ning, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson, warning that if the bill continued to go forward, it would affect the already strained US-China relations.

“China is firmly opposed to this and has made solemn representations to the US side that there is only one China in the world, that Taiwan is an inseparable part of China's territory, and that China will unswervingly promote the complete reunification of the country,” she added at a regular press conference.

Mao further denounced the provocative legislation for sending “a serious false signal to the separatist forces of Taiwan independence.”

China has sovereignty over Taipei, and under the internationally-recognized “one-China” policy, nearly all countries recognize that sovereignty, meaning that they would not establish diplomatic contact with its secessionist government.