This is a new step that has just been taken between the United States and Taiwan and which should not appease China’s anger. The office of US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said Wednesday that Washington and Taipei will begin formal negotiations for a trade and investment agreement this fall. Discussions that are part of an initiative announced in June, and which has already given rise to a first meeting the same month. In addition to the development of trade and investment, the talks will also focus on responses to ” anti-market policies and methods »according to Katherine Tai’s office, which could be interpreted as a reference to China.
After the visit of the President of the American House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, to the island at the beginning of August and then that of a group of parliamentarians on Monday, this announcement constitutes a new testimony of the desire of the United States to get closer of Taiwan, already an important trading partner. Indeed, Taipei and Washington have already been linked since 1994 by a ” frame » on trade and investment, which is not a formal agreement. A trade agreement enhance trade and investment »and ” promote innovation and inclusive economic growth for our workers and businesses »said Sarah Bianchi, Assistant to the US Trade Representative.
Strengthening of the American military presence
A few days earlier, Kurt Campbell, White House coordinator for Asia-Pacific, also said that Washington would not only consolidate its commercial ties with Taiwan but also strengthen its military presence by carrying out new air and sea crossings in the strait. A response to actions provocative » of China (massive aerial incursions and firing of missiles into Taiwanese, even Japanese waters…), the United States claiming that Beijing used Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan to try to upset the status quo concerning the situation of the island. Protection of the island will continue to be a priority: American ships and planes will make new passages through the Taiwan Strait ” in the next weeks », has, thus, described Kurt Campbell. American forces ” will continue to fly, sail or operate wherever international law permits »he continued, without specifying the nature of the deployments carried out in the strait or their schedule.
But these rapprochements could well trigger, again, the anger of China, which claims Taiwan as part of its territory and opposes the autonomous democracy being seen as an independent nation. The Chinese authorities considered the visit of the Democratic leader to the Lower House as a provocation and responded with trade sanctions imposed on Taiwan as well as against representatives and elected officials of the island accused of supporting its independence. Among them is, in particular, the Taipei ambassador to the United States. Beijing has also conducted numerous military maneuvers near the island, the country’s largest ever around Taiwan. They were to end on Sunday, but on Monday China announced that it had organized new military exercises