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DONALD TRUMP SIGNS TAIWAN TRAVEL ACT, DRAWING CHINA’S IRE

Protester holds Taiwanese and US flags

US President Donald Trump has signed a law promoting official exchanges between the US and Taiwan. The move could further strain US-China ties.

Trump on Friday signed legislation promoting contacts between Washington officials and their Taiwanese counterparts, angering China, which considers Taiwan as part of its territory.

The Taiwan Travel Act will allow unrestricted two-way travel for officials from the United States and Taiwan, thus restoring direct official US contacts with the self-ruled island, which were cut in 1979 when Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing.

The White House said the bill, which was passed unanimously by Congress, would go into effect on Saturday morning even without the president’s signature.

The United States still does not have formal ties with Taiwan, but is required by law to help it with self-defense.

SWEDEN PLEDGE TO SUPPORT HISTORIC US-NORTH KOREA DIALOGUE

Sweden’s top diplomat said Friday that her country stands ready to assist the United States and North Korea in moving forward a historic dialogue between the two nations.

Briefing reporters between meetings with her North Korean counterpart, Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said that the “security situation (on) the Korean Peninsula is of interest to the whole world” and that the Swedish government “values this opportunity to arrange a meeting” between the traditional foes.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho is in Stockholm for two days of talks with Wallstrom. His arrival in the Swedish capital is the first significant diplomatic move by Pyongyang since President Donald Trump said a week ago he would be willing to meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
“We believe in dialogue and the political process, but we are not naïve,” Wallstrom said. “We are hoping that if we can use our role and also our contacts there, we will put it to the best use, and then it’s for the parties to decide.”
Earlier on Friday, Ri also met Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, the latter’s press secretary, Erik Nises, told journalist. “They met this morning and discussed the same issues that are being discussed during this trip, such as the security situation,” he said.
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