US angers China over massive pandemic aid package for Taiwan and Tibet


China has expressed anger after US President Donald Trump signed into law on Sunday, measures to strengthen U.S. support for Taiwan and Tibet that were included in a massive US$2.3 trillion pandemic aid and spending package.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters on Monday (Dec. 28) that China was “resolutely opposed” to the two measures.

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

The US should not put the parts of the acts which “target China” into effect in order to avoid harming Sino-US relations, he said, adding they were an interference in China’s internal affairs.

Relationship between the two countries is put under further strain as the US has stepped up its backing for Taiwan and its criticism of Beijing’s rule in remote Tibet.

The relationship between the two biggest economies in the world is already fraught, with intense pressure over trade, human rights and other issues.

The two measures both contain language objectionable to China, including US support for Taiwan’s meaningful participation in United Nations bodies and regular arms sales.

On Tibet, which China has ruled with an iron fist since 1950, the act says sanctions should be put on Chinese officials who interfere in the selection of the exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s successor.

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

“The United States is an important ally of Taiwan’s internationally, and a solid partner for sharing the values of freedom and democracy,” Presidential Office spokesman Xavier Chang said.

Trump, who is due to leave office on Jan. 20 after losing November’s election to President-elect Joe Biden, backed down from his earlier threat to block the spending bill, which was approved by Congress last week. (Source: CNA)