US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US has for a lot of many years been self-imposing restrictions on the way it interacts with Taiwan:
- “America authorities took these actions unilaterally, in an try to appease the Communist regime in Beijing
- “At the moment I’m asserting that I’m lifting all of those self-imposed restrictions”
Mainland China claims the island of Taiwan as its personal territory, regardless of the island democratic and separate rule of its personal affairs. Tensions over Taiwan’s independence are one of the crucial delicate sticking factors in US-China relations (and in addition for a lot of different international locations relations with China).
Numerous media experiences on Pompeo’s assertion be aware that its more likely to anger China and improve tensions. Sure, little doubt.
That is more likely to immediate additional motion in opposition to allies of the US, akin to Australia (alongside to the strains of additional buying and selling imposts akin to these seen on Australia coal).
This from final week was some kindling for the fireplace: