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China Defends Re-Education Camps for Muslims: Lots of countries take steps to prevent terrorism

August 31, 2018

Around 1 million Uighurs have disappeared without trial. Worse may come. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is behaving much like Hitler’s Nazis before them….


Many countries take steps to prevent terrorism, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday, after United Nations’ human rights experts voiced alarm over the country’s alleged political re-education camps for Muslim Uighurs.

Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the comment at a regular news briefing.

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Hua Chunying


Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Writing by Michael Martina; Editing by Clarence Fernandez


An executive at Human Rights Watch told Peace and Freedom, “Like the Uighurs in Xinjiang, the Rohingya are in the way of China’s Belt and Road. And nobody seems to care.”

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Ethnic Uighur children in the old town of Kashgar, in the far western Xinjiang province © Getty

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China slams Trump’s ‘irresponsible and absurd logic’ on N. Korea

August 30, 2018


China on Thursday derided the “irresponsible and absurd logic” of the United States after President Donald Trump accused Beijing of making Washington’s relationship with North Korea more difficult.

Trump doubled down on his suggestion that China was not helping to rein in its Cold War-era ally — a charge he first levelled when he cancelled a trip to North Korea by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that was due to take place this week.

“A lot of people, like me, feel that the US is first in the world when it comes to twisting the truth, and irresponsible and absurd logic,” Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular press briefing.

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“This logic is not easily understood by all,” Hua said.

Trump’s refusal to direct criticism at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and instead blame other parties for a lack of progress comes despite reports the US received a belligerent letter from Pyongyang, which prompted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to cancel a planned trip to North Korea last weekend.

“We hope the US can play a positive and constructive role in settling the issue just like the Chinese. To solve the problem, it should look at itself instead of shifting blame,” Hua added.

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Kim Jong-un and Xi Jinping in Dalian, May 8, 2018


– Trade war –

Speaking at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said: “China makes it much more difficult in terms of our relationship with North Korea”.

“Part of the North Korea problem is caused by the trade disputes with China,” Trump said.

But he insisted his ties with Chinese President Xi Jinping were “great” and that he had a “fantastic relationship” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom he met in Singapore in June.

The US president said he was not considering resuming joint military exercises on the Korean Peninsula that Pyongyang considers “provocative.”

Beijing is Pyongyang’s sole major ally, and the main transit country for any goods entering the North. Trump said that China — angered by US moves on trade — is no longer being as tough as it could be on North Korea.

“We know that China is providing North Korea with considerable aid, including money, fuel, fertilizer and various other commodities. This is not helpful!” he tweeted on Wednesday evening.

On the subject of military exercises, which the US suspended as a “good faith” measure following Trump’s summit with Kim, the president said “there is no reason at this time to be spending large amounts of money on joint US-South Korea war games” though added these could resume if the need arose.

It came a day after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the Pentagon was not planning to suspend any more military drills, before appearing to backtrack on Wednesday by insisting “no decisions” had been made on the matter.

Trump also reiterated his wish to fundamentally alter the trade status quo between the United States and China, the world’s top two economies.

He said he needed to take a tough stance with Beijing on trade “because it was really not fair to our country,” criticising his predecessors who “closed their eyes” to the issue.

– Belligerent letter –

In June, Trump and Kim pledged to work toward the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula” although their joint statement was short on details for how that might be achieved.

Efforts stalled several weeks ago, and last week, Trump ordered Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to cancel a planned trip to Pyongyang. At the time, Trump said that he did not believe China was helping in the denuclearisation process due to Washington’s tougher stance on trade.

Pompeo said Tuesday that Washington remains ready to engage “when it is clear that Chairman Kim stands ready to deliver on the commitments that he made at the Singapore summit to President Trump to completely denuclearise North Korea”.

According to the Washington Post, Pyongyang sent Pompeo a belligerent letter that prompted him to cancel the visit, though its precise contents were not known.

US news site Vox meanwhile reported that Trump at June’s summit pledged to sign a declaration ending the Korean War, and now the two countries remain deadlocked over who will follow through on their commitment first.

On Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters that Washington believes “denuclearisation has to take place before we get to other parts,” confirming that included such a declaration.



China rejects US demand to reduce Iran oil imports

August 4, 2018

Bloomberg cites officials as saying that Beijing turned down a Washington request to cut imports from Iran.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the US against any attempt to stop Tehran’s oil trade [Raheb Homavandi/Reuters]

China has rejected a demand by the United States to cut Iranian oil imports, according to Bloomberg news agency, which cited two officials familiar with the negotiations.

Beijing, however, agreed not to increase purchases of Iran’s crude, the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity told Bloomberg on Friday.

Francis Fannon, US assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Energy Resources, was recently in China to discuss sanctions, Bloomberg said, citing a US government official.

US President Donald Trump announced in May Washington’s withdrawal from a landmark multinational nuclear deal with Iran.

Under the 2015 pact, signed by the US, UK, Britain, China, Russia and the European Union, Tehran agreed to scale back its uranium enrichment programme.

In return, United Nations-approved sanctions were lifted, and Iran was allowed to resume trading oil and gas on the international market.

As an original signatory, the US also pledged to waive secondary sanctions as long as Iran continued to abide by the deal.

But Trump, a longtime critic of the deal who succeeded Barack Obama as president last year, pulled out of the pact despite repeated assurances by UN inspectors that Iran is in compliance with its obligations.

Washington also imposed a series of additional sanctions on Iranian entities and individuals, as well as foreign companies in Iran, squeezing Iran economically. The US also said that it would exert “maximum economic and diplomatic pressure” on other countries to stop buying crude oil from Iran.

In June, the US state department said that countries buying oil from Iran should bring down to zero their Iranian crude imports by the time Washington re-imposes sanctions on November 4.

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Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf. Credit Thinkstock

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned the US against any attempt to stop Tehran’s oil trade, threatening to block the strategically important Strait of Hormuz.

“The Americans say they want to reduce Iranian oil exports to zero … It shows they have not thought about its consequences,” Rouhani was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA while on an official visit to Austria’s capital, Vienna, in July.

“Iran will survive this round of US sanctions as it has survived them before,” Rouhani said, describing them as a “crime and aggression”.


Rouhani says US unaware about consequences of Iran oil ban

Also last month, China, which is Iran’s biggest customer, said it did not accept unilateral sanctions against Iran.

“The unilateral sanctions should be abandoned because they are counterproductive,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters.

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Hua Chunying — File Photo

“China and Iran unwaveringly maintain normal trade and economic ties. China will continue to cooperate with Iran adhering to its international obligations,” she added.

In July, Beijing lifted monthly oil imports from Iran by 26 percent. This accounted for 35 percent of Iranian exports last month, according to ship-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg.


Xi Jinping: China Ready to Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation With Iran

June 12, 2018

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BEIJING (Sputnik) – Chinese President Xi Jinping said Sunday Beijing was ready to advance the development of bilateral relations with Iran, as well as to strengthen cooperation with Tehran within the framework of multilateral mechanisms.

“China-Iran relations have the potential to further and deeper development. China is ready to jointly advance China-Iran relations of comprehensive strategic partnership,” Xi Jinping was quoted as saying during the meeting by Chinese Foreign Ministry.

He stressed that the parties need to constantly improve the level of strategic mutual trust, strengthen contacts at all levels, continue to provide mutual support in matters of each other’s fundamental interest.

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In this Wednesday, January 6, 2016, file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying speaks during a briefing at the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing, China.

China to Continue Business Relations With Iran Despite US Withdrawal From JCPOA

Xi Jinping again confirmed that China stood for the full implementation of the the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iranian nuclear deal.

“The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program is the result of multilateral efforts that contribute to the maintenance of regional peace and stability, as well as the protection of the international non-proliferation regime. The agreement should be fully implemented,” the Chinese leader stressed.

Xi Jinping also expressed China’s readiness to strengthen cooperation with Iran within the framework of multilateral mechanisms. Chinese leader met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday in Qingdao within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit.

The JCPOA was signed in 2015 by Iran, the European Union and the P5+1 group of countries — China, Germany, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The deal called for the gradual lifting of anti-Iranian sanctions in exchange for Tehran maintaining a peaceful nuclear program.

In early May, US President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the JCPOA, also known as the Iran nuclear deal, which requires Tehran to maintain a peaceful nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Trump’s decision was largely criticized by other parties to the JCPOA.

Chinese leader met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday in Qingdao within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit.


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China warns U.S. over provocations after B-52 flyby in South China Sea

June 8, 2018

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China lashed out at the United States on Wednesday after a pair of B-52 bombers flew past a Chinese-held shoal in the South China Sea, amid escalating words and displays of military strength from the two major Pacific powers.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying warned the United States against “hyping up militarization and stirring up trouble,” while promising that China would take all necessary measures to defend its sovereignty.

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Hua Chunying

The United States “doing whatever they want is risky and China will not be threatened by any military warships,” Hua told reporters at a daily briefing in Beijing.

This week’s flyby near Scarborough Shoal, which China took from the Philippines in 2012, came after U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused Beijing of “intimidation and coercion” in the South China Sea. China claims almost the entirety of the sea–resource-rich waters that include some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes–despite overlapping claims from neighbors including the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan.

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A fighter jet from Taiwan escorts a Chinese bomber

Speaking at a summit of top security officials in Singapore last weekend, Mattis said China has deployed anti-ship missiles and surface-to-air missiles and landed nuclear capable bombers on the disputed islands. He vowed that the Indo-Pacific would remain a “priority theater” for U.S. forces.

Last month, China announced it had dispatched warships to drive away two U.S. Navy vessels sailing close to Chinese holdings in the Paracel Island chain, where China recently announced it had landed strategic bombers on an airstrip for the first time.

That naval confrontation came shortly after the Pentagon withdrew its invitation for China to participate in multinational naval exercises near Hawaii to protest China’s military moves in the South China Sea.

Despite rising tensions, Mattis is expected to visit Beijing at an unannounced date. He said last weekend he would travel soon at China’s invitation.

China’s Defense Ministry has said it would welcome Mattis and hoped for continued exchanges with the U.S. military.

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China says not scared after reported U.S. B-52 bombers trip over South China Sea

June 6, 2018

No military ship or aircraft can scare China away from its resolve to protect its territory, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday after two U.S. Air Force B-52 bombers were reported to have flown near disputed islands in the South China Sea.

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber flies during the annual recurring multinational, maritime-focused NATO exercise BALTOPS 2017 near Ventspils, Latvia June 6, 2017. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

CNN reported that the two aircraft flew within the vicinity of the Spratly Islands, where China has reclaimed land and built runways and other facilities on disputed reefs and small islands.

The United States was willing to work with China on a “results-oriented” relationship, but its actions in the South China Sea were coercive and the Pentagon would “compete vigorously” if needed, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday.

The United States and China have frequently sparred about who is really militarizing the South China Sea, where China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines all have competing claims.

Speaking at a daily news briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she hoped the United States could clarify whether it thought sending “this type of offensive weapon” to the South China Sea counted as militarization.

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Hua Chunying

The United States should stop hyping up the issue of militarization and provoking trouble, she said.

“Running amuck is risky,” Hua said.

“China won’t be scared by any so-called military ship or aircraft, and we will only even more staunchly all necessary steps to defend the country’s sovereignty and security, to protect the peace and stability of the South China Sea region.”

Last month, China’s air force landed bombers on disputed islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of a training exercise, triggering concern in Vietnam and the Philippines.

Satellite photographs taken on May 12 showed China appeared to have deployed truck-mounted surface-to-air missiles or anti-ship cruise missiles at Woody Island in the disputed sea.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel



China vows to ‘fight back’ if US imposes tariffs — “Washington continues to act in an arbitrary and reckless manner.”

May 30, 2018

China on Wednesday warned Washington that it would take “resolute and forceful” measures if the Trump administration follows through with its threat to impose tariffs on Chinese goods – sparking the possibility of a trade war in the days before a visit by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, according to a report.

“We do not want a trade war, but we are not afraid of one. We will fight back,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, according to the Associated Press.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying

Beijing was responding to the White House announcement that it was planning on moving forward with imposing a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods after the two countries agreed earlier this month to continue trade negotiations.

“We urge the United States to keep its promise, and meet China halfway in the spirit of the joint statement,” Hua said, adding that Beijing would take “resolute and forceful” measures to protect its interests if Washington continues to act in an “arbitrary and reckless manner.”

“When it comes to international relations, every time a country does an about face and contradicts itself, it’s another blow to, and a squandering of, its reputation,”​ she said.

The escalating trade tensions could add a wrinkle to the talks Ross will have with Chinese officials during his visit this weekend when he tries to convince them to buy more US goods.

​The Trump administration said it was taking the action in the face of China’s unfair trade practices in an effort to lower the US’ $375 billion trade deficit with the country.

Earlier this month, members of the Trump administration – including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer – met with Chinese officials in Beijing in an effort to avert a trade war between the world’s two largest economies over tariff threats.

After the discussions, Washington and Beijing agreed to address the trade imbalance and China said it would import more energy and agricultural products from the US.

Mnuchin went on “Fox News Sunday” on May 20 to proclaim: “We are putting the trade war on hold.”


China’ Belt and Road: Extensive Capacity But Few Paying Customers — What can go wrong for countries involved in President Xi Jinping’s “Belt and Road”

April 18, 2018

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NEW DELHI: Each year roughly 60,000 ships vital to the global economy sail through the Indian Ocean past a Chinese-operated port on the southern tip of Sri Lanka. Almost none of them stop to unload cargo.

The eight-year-old Hambantota port — with almost no container traffic and trampled fences that elephants traverse with ease — has become a prime example of what can go wrong for countries involved in President Xi Jinping’s “Belt and Road” trade and infrastructure initiative. Sri Lanka borrowed heavily to build the port, couldn’t repay the loans, and then gave China a 99-year lease for debt relief.

The experience has fueled fears that Xi’s plans to finance more than $500 billion in projects could see China take control of strategic infrastructure that also has military uses. But the massive state-owned Chinese conglomerate that took over the port in December wants to prove the skeptics wrong.

China Merchants Group — whose 2017 revenues of $93 billion dwarf Sri Lanka’s gross domestic product — is aiming to use its experience stretching from China to Europe to make the port profitable. During a rare look inside the grounds late last month, executive Tissa Wickramasinghe told Bloomberg News it had already nearly doubled the number of ships visiting the port.

“We are hell bent on making it work,” said Wickramasinghe, chief operating officer of Hambantota International Port Group, a joint venture led by China Merchants. “Whether the port should have been built, why it was built — those are, to me, irrelevant now.”

Still, the port has a long way to go before it worries competitors in Singapore, Malaysia and the Middle East. Even with more traffic, Hambantota is only handling about one ship a day — not enough to even register on China Merchants’ own data showing cargo handling volumes for February. It didn’t make a United Nations’ list of the world’s top 40 container terminals.

Major shipping lines now route cargo through Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital, and see little reason to divert operations south. Maersk Line, the world’s largest container carrier, is waiting for Hambantota’s operator to offer a “firm value proposition” for clients, according to Steve Felder, the company’s managing director in South Asia.

“It’s too early to tell whether Hambantota will be of interest to us,” Felder said. “Much will be dependent on connectivity within the mainline network, extent of domestic cargo, cost and productivity.”

The port’s weak performance has fueled impressions that it simply serves China’s broader strategic interests to secure crucial trade routes and international supply chains. It would take billions of dollars of investment to generate meaningful traffic, according to Rahul Kapoor, a Singapore-based shipping analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence.

“Hambantota is a great example of the Chinese quest for global maritime dominance,” Kapoor said. “For the foreseeable future, it remains a strategic push over commercial viability.”

From its earliest days, the port has spurred debate. Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa spearheaded the project, taking Chinese loans to shower goodies on his home district of Hambantota — including a new international airport that still has just one daily scheduled flight.

The current administration led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Bloomberg News the $1.1 billion debt-to-equity swap with China Merchants helped ease “the Chinese part of the debt burden.” Still the decision remains unpopular with many Sri Lankans. Ironically that’s boosted the political fortunes of Rajapaksa, who lost a 2015 election in part due to concerns he was too cozy with China.

On a recent afternoon at the port, vehicle traffic was nearly non-existent. A large monitor lizard meandered across the main road. A port executive shot a video with his iPhone of a Singaporean ship unloading cement into a smaller vessel, complaining that the process was taking too long.

Yet for Hambantota, it was busy: Two other ships were also docked — a cruise ship whose passengers were on a jungle safari and a vessel full of vehicles.

“Today’s a good day,” said Wickramasinghe, the COO.

To boost revenue, he plans to lure vehicle trans-shipments, refueling and oil storage services away from Singapore, the U.A.E. Port of Fujairah and Malaysia’s Port Klang. The company could spend around $500 million on cranes to handle containers, and is speaking with “most of the oil majors” for oil bunkering and storage, he said.

Plans are also afoot to build a logistics and industrial zone next to the port. The 11.5 square-kilometer (4.4 square-mile) area — more than three times the size of New York’s Central Park — is now mostly jungle. Farmers nearby worry they could lose their ancestral land to proposed industrial zones.

“All the profits are going back to China,” said Dharmasena Hettiarchchi, a 52-year-old farmer.

The abundance of space allows Japanese and Europeans automakers to store vehicles for trans-shipments to South Africa and the Middle East, Wickramasinghe said. China Merchants plans to more than double the number of vehicle trans-shipments to 250,000 this year, he said, with 10 percent annual growth expected the next few years. Singapore now handles 1 million vehicle trans-shipments annually.

“China Merchants doesn’t go and dump money if it’s not commercially viable,” Wickramasinghe said. “It’s definitely not political or military.”

China this week dismissed speculation that the Belt and Road Initiative had a military dimension, with foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying saying it was “open and transparent.” Hambantota was mutually beneficial and would aid Sri Lanka’s economy, she said.

“For others who speculate, I believe they have no reason to do so,” Hua said.

Still, Sri Lanka relocated its southern naval command to Hambantota in part to ease Indian and Japanese worries, state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene said in an interview.

“We’ve been speaking with them, and also with the Chinese,” he said. “We’ve made it very clear that it can’t be a military port.”

Wickramasinghe said it was normal for China Merchants to have a 99-year lease, citing a similar deal with the Port of Newcastle in Australia. Not everyone is convinced.

“The current Sri Lankan government has said that it will not permit military use of the facility, but that could change,” said Amit Bhandari, an analyst at Mumbai-based Gateway House. “Ninety-nine years is a long time after all.”


China urges US to ‘stop economic intimidation’ over tariffs (Communist China Media Machine and Propaganda in High Gear)

March 26, 2018


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BEIJING (AFP) – China on Monday lashed out at US “economic intimidation” following President Donald Trump’s announcement of new import tariffs, but said it was open to negotiations to resolve trade frictions.

The two countries have traded threats and heated rhetoric in recent days, ratcheting up fears that the world’s two biggest economies are heading towards a damaging trade war.

Trump said last Thursday that the United States would impose new tariffs on some $60 billion of Chinese imports over the “theft” of intellectual property, rattling global financial markets.

Vice President Mike Pence boasted that the measures mean that the “era of economic surrender is over”.

Asked about the remarks, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a press briefing on Monday that “it would have been more appropriate to say that it’s time to stop the US’s economic intimidation and hegemony”.

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Hua Chunying

Beijing has not stood idle. On Friday, it unveiled a list of $3 billion worth of US goods, including pork, fruits and wine, that could be targeted with tariffs in retaliation for steel and aluminium tariffs — if negotiations fail.

“We also have the confidence and the capacity to safeguard our legitimate and legal interests, whatever the circumstances,” Hua said. “Now the ball is in the US court.”

While the two sides have traded barbs in public, US and Chinese officials have begun behind-the-scenes negotiations to improve American access to the Asian country’s huge market, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“We keep saying that the Chinese side is willing to negotiate with the US to properly manage divergences, on the basis of mutual respect and equal mutual benefits,” Hua said when asked about the report.

“Our door is always wide open to dialogue and consultation.”


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China lashes out at US over bill promoting Taiwan ties

March 1, 2018


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BEIJING (AFP) – China lodged an official protest with the United States on Thursday, saying it was “strongly dissatisfied” after the US Senate passed a bill promoting relations with self-governing Taiwan.The US Senate passed the Taiwan Travel Act, intended to encourage visits between the United States and Taiwan “at all levels”, by unanimous consent on Wednesday, following its approval in the House of Representatives in January.

The bill adds that it should be US policy for high-level Taiwanese officials to enter the United States, meet with US officials and conduct business in the country.

President Donald Trump’s signature is now all that is needed for the bill to become law — something that is not likely to be an obstacle, given that the bill was passed unanimously.

Washington cut formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979, recognising the Communist mainland rulers in Beijing as the sole government of “One China.”

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that while some of the new bill’s provisions are not legally binding, it “seriously violates” the One China principle.

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Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying

“China is strongly dissatisfied and firmly opposes it,” Hua told a regular news briefing, adding that Beijing had made “solemn representations” to the US — a diplomatic protest.

The United States, she said, should stop official exchanges with Taiwan and handle Taiwan issues “prudently and properly” to avoid “damaging Sino-US relations”.

Under the terms of the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, Washington maintains an ambiguous approach to the island, maintaining trade relations and selling Taipei weapons.

Trump sparked protest from China shortly after his election in 2016 by accepting a phone call from Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen, an action seen as breaking the protocol of the One China policy.

He made amends by vowing to uphold the One China policy shortly before Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort — but infuriated Beijing again last summer by approving a $1.3 billion arms sale to Taiwan.