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Trump signs TAIPEI Act into law which aimed at supporting Taiwan's international presence

United States President Donald Trump signed into law the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act of 2019, which is aimed at supporting Taiwan's international presence.

The law aims to strengthen Taiwan’s alliances around the world amid increased Chinese pressure and addresses clash over Taiwan’s exclusion from World Health Organisation meetings.

"This bipartisan legislation demands a whole-of-government approach to ramp up our support for Taiwan, and will send a strong message to nations that there will be consequences for supporting Chinese actions that undermine Taiwan," Gardner said after Trump signed the bill.

The Act calls for Washington to "reduce its economic, security and diplomatic engagements with nations that take serious or significant actions to undermine Taiwan."

The TAIPEI Act also calls on the U.S. government to help Taiwan gain participation in international organizations.

"The United States should use every tool to support Taiwan's standing on the international stage," Gardner said in a joint statement with co-author Democratic Senator Chris Coons.

Taiwan currently maintains full diplomatic relations with 15 nations. Since 2016, when Taiwan’s pro-democracy president Tsai Ing-wen came to power, eight countries have severed diplomatic relations with Taipei in favor of Beijing. (Photo Asian Nikkei Review)


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