That United States and Taiwan they officially started negotiations for a bilateral commercial initiative, in a move that risks fueling already high levels voltage with the China. The first round of trade talks is scheduled for early fall, reports Bloomberg, citing the US Trade Representative’s office. The negotiations “will strengthen our trade and investment ties, advance shared priorities on the trade front, foster innovation and inclusive economic growth for workers and businesses.”
there China firmly rejects the talks trade between the United States and Taiwan and affirms that it will “take all necessary measures to resolutely uphold sovereignty, security and development interests”. This is the comment by Department of Commerce spokesman Shu Jueting during the weekly briefing on the “Negotiation Mandate Consensus” reached last night between Washington and Taipei for an agreement under the US-Taiwan 21st Century Trade Initiative ” announced in June.
“Taiwan and the US have said they will start trade talks as part of a new initiative, but the one-China policy is a prerequisite for Taiwan’s participation in overseas economic cooperation,” Shu added. China “always rejects any form of official exchanges between any country and the Chinese region of Taiwan, including negotiations and the signing of agreements with sovereign or official connotations.” The Taiwan question “is the most important, the most delicate and the most central in Sino-US relations. The US side should adhere to the one-China principle and the three joint communiqués, seriously implement the commitment made not to support Taiwan’s independence, and manage economic and trade relations with Taipei prudently and respecting China’s fundamental interests,” noted the spokesman It is a general situation, Shu concluded, based on China-US diplomatic, economic and commercial relations and “peace, stability and prosperity in the world.”
In the meantime Taiwan has mobilized its new, state-of-the-art fighter jetsthe F-16Vs, in a power test conducted with a cycle of night exercises following China’s maxi-maneuvers around the island in response to the US Chamber’s visit to Taipei, Nancy Pelosi. The Department of Defense reported that the operations were aimed at simulating a strategic deployment against an invasion of China, while deployed F-16Vs were armed with US-made Harpoon anti-ship missiles to test “combat readiness.”
The maneuvers affected an air base in eastern Hualien County in a rare nighttime demonstration in the wake of unprecedented military activity by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) with the mobilization of aviation, navy and special forces, including missiles and ballistic missiles. The six deployed F-16Vs took off on night reconnaissance and training missions, two of which were armed with missiles. “Faced with the threat posed by recent military exercises by Chinese Communist forces, we have remained vigilant and committed to safeguarding national security,” the Air Force said in a statement. Defense Ministry spokesman Sun Li-fang said that while Taipei has condemned China’s actions in recent days, the situation is a good opportunity for Taiwan’s military to improve its defense and attack capabilities. “We will seize the opportunity to test the training we normally undergo by increasing our combat effectiveness,” said Sun, for whom “the ROC Armed Forces are confident, capable and determined to defend national security.”