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.