China files complaint while US Senate committee introduces bill on Taiwan

China files complaint while US Senate committee introduces bill on Taiwan

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Thursday it had lodged “official protests” with the United States after a U.S. Senate committee introduced legislation that would boost U.S. military support for Taiwan.

If the bill continues to move forward, it will affect US-China relations, Mao Ning, a foreign ministry spokesman, said at a regular briefing.

Mao also described the new US legislation as “sending a false and dangerous signal to the separatist forces on Taiwan independence.”

“China firmly opposes this and lodges solemn representations to the US side that there is only one China in the world, Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory, and China will unswervingly promote the complete reunification of the country.” said the speaker.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee backed the 2022 Taiwan Policy Act by 5-17, despite concerns about the bill in US President Joe Biden’s administration and anger over the measure from Beijing.

The bill comes more than a month after China conducted its largest-ever military exercises around Taiwan in response to an earlier visit to the self-ruled island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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