China to impose sanctions on United States firms that sell arms to Taiwan

Lester Mason
July 13, 2019

Tsai arrived in NY earlier in the day for a two-night layover on her way to Caribbean, where she is to make a 12-day state visit to Haiti; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Saint Kitts and Nevis; and Saint Lucia.

Despite protest chants by Chinese groups outside the venue, Tsai gave the 16-minute speech without interruption at a closed-door event at Columbia University, where she also conversed with political science professor Andrew Nathan and took questions from the roughly 100 students in attendance. She began her trip in NY and is expected to stop in Denver on her way back. It is the story of Taiwan.

"It makes sense to reinforce that with generous transit treatment", he said.

China, which views Taiwan as part of its territory and has vowed to one day seize it, bristles at any country that lends the island state any diplomatic support or legitimacy.

Though diplomatic relations are strained over a number of issues, China's sanctions threat is indicative of a "broad downward trend", and not necessarily a significant "downturn in bilateral relations", said Roy Kamphausen, senior vice president for research at the US-based National Bureau of Asian Research.

Before departing, Tsai said on Thursday that she wants to share the values of democracy and perseverance with Taiwan's friends.

In 2010, the U.S. approved a package of Patriot missiles, Black Hawk helicopters, and other military hardware totalling $6.4 billion.

Citing the case of Hong Kong, where young people are taking to the streets to fight for democratic freedoms, Tsai said the region's experience under China's "one country, two systems" model goes to show that authoritarianism and democracy can not coexist. "The process may be gradual, so subtle that most don't even feel it", she said.

"Part of the information war being waged against Taiwan involves them using their representatives via the media to create and disseminate fake news so as to cause division and conflict in Taiwan society", Tsai said.

"That is why, now more than ever, Taiwan's story must be heard by the world", she said.

"These challenges are also common challenges faced by democracies all over the world", she said.

With the United States now engaged in a trade war with China, relations between Taipei and Washington have warmed considerably.

The Caribbean island nations are among the few countries that recognise Taiwan instead of China.

Speaking before departure at Taipei's main worldwide airport at Taoyuan, Tsai said she would share the values of freedom and transparency with Taiwan's allies, and was looking forward to finding more global space for Taiwan. "Without Taiwan, the global coalition of like-minded countries will lose a crucial link in working to ensure our values are passed on to the next generation".

Taiwan doesn't have diplomatic ties with the US, though Washington provides Taiwan, which split from China in a 1949 civil war, with military and other support.

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