The White House said the United States would boost trade with Taiwan in response to China’s “provocative” behavior. In addition, the United States is pushing for the right of air and sea passage in the Taiwan Strait.
According to Kurt Campbell, the White House coordinator for the so-called Indo-Pacific, the United States is developing an “ambitious” plan for trade relations with Taiwan. Details of the intent will be revealed sometime in the coming days.
It was previously known that US forces would cross the Taiwan Strait in the coming weeks.
The statement followed China’s angry reaction last week to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Beijing then conducted its largest-ever military exercises across the island, which China considers a breakaway province. Pelosi’s visit is in line with current Washington policy, according to the White House.
Taiwan accused China of using Pelosi’s visit as an excuse to conduct military exercises. According to Taipei, this would be preparation for an invasion.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry thanked Washington in a statement on Saturday for its support. It also highlighted the United States’ commitment to maintaining security in the Taiwan Strait and peace in the region.
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