UPDATE 1-U.S. Boosts support for Taiwan, Tibet and angers China

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BEIJING, Dec.28 (Reuters) – China expressed its anger on Monday after US President Donald Trump enacted legislation to further bolster support for Taiwan and Tibet, which had been included in an aid package and in pandemic spending of $ 2.3 trillion.

China watched with growing concern as the United States stepped up its support for China’s claimed Taiwan and its criticism of Beijing’s rule in remote Tibet, straining relations even further under intense pressure on the United States. trade, human rights and other issues.

The Taiwan Assurance Act of 2020 and the Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2020 both contain language objectionable to China, including United States support for Taiwan’s meaningful participation in United Nations bodies and the regular sale of ‘weapons.

Regarding Tibet, which China has ruled with an iron fist since 1950, the law stipulates that sanctions should be imposed on Chinese officials who interfere in the selection of the exiled spiritual leader, the successor of the Dalai Lama.

Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China was “resolutely opposed” to both acts.

“The determination of the Chinese government to safeguard its national sovereignty, security and development interests is unwavering,” he told reporters.

The United States should not implement the parts of the acts that “target China” in order to avoid harming Sino-American relations, he said, adding that it was interference. in China’s internal affairs.

In Taiwan, which China claims to be its sovereign territory to be taken by force if necessary, the government has welcomed the US move.

“The United States is an important ally of Taiwan on the international stage and a strong partner in sharing the values ​​of freedom and democracy,” said Presidential Office spokesman Xavier Chang.

Trump, who is due to step down on Jan.20 after losing the November election to President-elect Joe Biden, has backed off his previous threat to block the spending bill, which was approved by Congress last week , after coming under intense pressure from lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle. signed it on Sunday evening.

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