WW3 fears SURGE as Pompeo bolsters US-Taiwan ties in surprise move - China fury ...

THE US has scrapped restrictions on diplomatic contacts between Washington and Taiwan, in a move to forge closer ties against China as President Donald prepares to leave office.

PUBLISHED: 03:18, Sun, Jan 10, 2021 | UPDATED: 03:18, Sun, Jan 10, 2021

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Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, issued a statement announcing an end to decades-long restrictions on official contact between Washington and Taiwan. He stated the US had “created complex internal restrictions” in a bid to “appease” the Chinese Government.

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While the US still does not have an official relationship with Taiwan, Mr Pompeo announced the restrictions had been lifted to allow official contacts to take place.

He added: “The United States government took these actions unilaterally, in an attempt to appease the Communist regime in Beijing. No more.

“Today I am announcing that I am lifting all of these self-imposed restrictions.

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“Today's statement recognises that the US-Taiwan relationship need not, and should not, be shackled by self-imposed restrictions of our permanent bureaucracy."

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The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US, Taiwan’s unofficial embassy, hailed the move and said it showed the “strength and depth” of the two countries relationship.

Bi-khim Hsiao, Taiwan’s US representative, took to Twitter to praise Mr Pompeo for removing contact restrictions.

He said: “Decades of discrimination, removed.

“A huge day in our bilateral relationship. I will cherish every opportunity."

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