State Department rescinds all domestic restrictions on cooperation with Taiwan
Thus, U.S. agencies should consider past State Department recommendations regarding relations with the province to be invalid
U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said Saturday that all domestic restrictions on cooperation with Taiwan are being lifted.
“The State Department has for decades imposed complex domestic restrictions governing the interactions of our diplomats, employees, and other representatives with their counterparts in Taiwan. The U.S. government took these measures unilaterally to appease communist authorities in Beijing,” Pompeo said in a released statement. – Today I am announcing the lifting of these restrictions.
Thus, U.S. agencies should consider past State Department recommendations regarding relations with the province to be invalid.
Relations with Taiwan do not need to be, and should not be, “self-imposed restrictions of a permanent bureaucracy,” according to Pompeo.
Taiwan has been governed by its own administration since 1949 when remnants of the Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1975) fled to the island after being defeated in the Chinese Civil War. Since then Taiwan retains the flag and some other attributes of the former Republic of China, which existed on the mainland before the Communists came to power. According to the official position of the PRC, supported by most countries, including Russia, the island is considered one of the Chinese provinces.
The United States severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1979 and established relations with the PRC. Recognizing the “one-China” policy, Washington at the same time continues to maintain contact with the Taipei administration and supplies the island with weapons, which causes protests on the mainland. In recent months, the White House has intensified contacts with Taipei amid worsening relations with Beijing over the situation in Hong Kong.