WASHINGTON — US Government is lifting all restrictions on Taiwan, according to US Sec. of State Mike Pompeo.
“Today I am announcing that I am lifting all of these self-imposed restrictions,” said Pompeo in an announcement Saturday. “The State Department is voiding longstanding restrictions on how US diplomats and others have contact with their counterparts in Taiwan.”
A US State Department statement has acknowledged its relationship with Taiwan (Republic of China). It said, “Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and reliable partner of the United States, and yet for several decades the State Department has created complex internal restrictions to regulate our diplomats, servicemembers, and other officials’ interactions with their Taiwanese counterparts. The United States government took these actions unilaterally, in an attempt to appease the Communist regime in Beijing. No more.
“Executive branch agencies should consider all “contact guidelines” regarding relations with Taiwan previously issued by the Department of State under authorities delegated to the Secretary of State to be null and void.
“The move is one in a string of actions expected to upset China as the Trump administration winds to an end.
the statement read, “President Trump has sought to strengthen bilateral relations with Taiwan. His administration announced Thursday that UN Ambassador Kelly Craft would go to Taiwan, a move that sparked sharp criticism from Beijing and a warning that the US would pay a heavy price.
“In August, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar became the first Cabinet member to visit Taiwan since 2014.
“Additionally, any and all sections of the Foreign Affairs Manual or Foreign Affairs Handbook that convey authorities or otherwise purport to regulate executive branch engagement with Taiwan via any entity other than the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) are also hereby voided. The executive branch‘s relations with Taiwan are to be handled by the non-profit AIT, as stipulated in the Taiwan Relations Act.
“The United States government maintains relationships with unofficial partners around the world, and Taiwan is no exception. Our two democracies share common values of individual freedom, the rule of law, and a respect for human dignity. Today’s statement recognizes that the U.S.-Taiwan relationship need not, and should not, be shackled by self-imposed restrictions of our permanent bureaucracy.”