A new law put into effect by President Donald Trump has the Chinese government fuming.
On Thursday, President Trump signed into law the Taiwan Allies and International Protection and Enhancement Initiative Act, known by the acronym TAIPEI, which also happens to be the capital of Taiwan.
What does it do?
As the act’s name suggests, it is designed to promote Taiwan on the international stage by offering encouragement to those countries who do so and discouragements to those countries who continue to treat Taiwan as communist China wants it to be treated — as a subservient island.
In recent history, the communist Chinese government has worked to suppress the island located just to the southeast of mainland China, most notably in 2009 by preventing it from joining the World Health Organization (WHO). This was again put on display during the recent coronavirus outbreak.
As Breitbart reports: “During the coronavirus crisis, WHO uncritically relayed false information provided by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and inexcusably delayed declaring a global health emergency, while Taiwan devised the world’s most effective coronavirus response — in some ways benefiting from its separation from a World Health Organization compromised by CCP politics.”
Under this kind of control by communist China, Taiwan has accordingly not been able to thrive in any area, which is exactly what the TAIPEI Act looks to change.
Cause to celebrate
The law was one of those rare measures these days that managed to gain bipartisan support, making it through the House with a vote of 415-0. It similarly passed through the Senate unanimously.
“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,” said Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), who along with Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the bill.
“The TAIPEI Act sends a clear message that the United States stands with Taiwan’s free-market democracy,” said Coons. “I look forward to finding additional ways to support the positive role Taiwan plays in international affairs.”
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen similarly celebrated calling it a “testament to Taiwan-U.S. friendship and mutual support as we work together to address global threats to human health and our shared economic values.”
Unhappy about this new legislation, China is urging “the United States to correct its mistakes, not implement the law, or obstruct the development of relations between other countries and China, otherwise it will inevitably encounter a resolute strike back by China.”
If there is a silver lining to the coronavirus crisis, it might be this: that the world is starting to recognize China for the hostile communist country that it is.