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US Steps Up Support for Taiwan and Tibet, Infuriating China

US Steps Up Support for Taiwan and Tibet, Infuriating China

China voiced anger on Monday after US President Donald Trump enacted legal measures to further bolster support for Taiwan and Tibet, which had been included in a $ 2.3 trillion pandemic aid and spending package. of dollars.

China has watched with growing alarm as the United States has stepped up its support for the Chinese-claimed Taiwan and its criticism of the Beijing government in remote Tibet, further straining a relationship under intense pressure on trade, human rights and others. themes.

The Taiwan Guarantee Act of 2020 and the Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2020 contain objectionable language for China, including the United States' support for Taiwan's meaningful participation in United Nations bodies and the regular sale of weapons.

In Tibet, which China has ruled with an iron fist since 1950, the law says sanctions should be imposed on Chinese officials who interfere in the selection of the exiled spiritual leader, successor to the Dalai Lama.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China "resolutely opposes" both acts.

"The determination of the Chinese government to safeguard its national sovereignty, security and development interests is unwavering," he told reporters.

The United States should not enforce parts of the acts that "target China" to avoid damaging Sino-US relations, he said, adding that they are interference in China's internal affairs.

In Taiwan, which China claims its sovereign territory will be taken by force if necessary, the government welcomed the US move.

"The United States is an important ally of Taiwan internationally and a strong partner in sharing the values of freedom and democracy," said Presidential Office spokesman Xavier Chang.

Trump, who will step down on January 20 after losing the November election to President-elect Joe Biden, backtracked on his earlier threat to block the spending bill, which was approved by Congress last week, after he came under intense pressure from lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle.

He signed it on Sunday night.

(Information by Gabriel Crossley; writing and additional information by Ben Blanchard in Taipei; editing by Tom Hogue and Hugh Lawson)

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