The Biden administration is opening trade talks with Taiwan, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken announcing on Monday that the administration is “engaged in conversations with Taiwan, or soon will be—on some kind of framework agreement.” Communist China isn’t happy about it.
According to a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, the United States must “stop all forms of official exchanges and contacts with Taiwan [and must] stop elevating its relationship with the Taiwan region in any substantive way.” Washington should stay true to its established agreements with Beijing, the spokesman said.
Blinken did not elaborate on the administration’s plans. A spokesman for U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai emphasized that it’s important to improve U.S.-Taiwan relations, but that “[they] have no meetings to announce at this time.”
In 1994, the United States and Taiwan signed their first investment and trade framework agreement, but under this agreement, they’ve only met 10 times in 27 years, meaning the existing