US President Joe Biden said he does not support the independence of Taiwan after the country’s voters backed the ruling party at the ballot box this week. And this declaration has turned eyes from both Republicans and Democrats in USA that sympathizes with Taiwan’s right to declare its territories independent and against authoritarian rule and martial law from China.
In an opposite direction from USA current administration, China was angered in 2016 when then-President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, the first such conversation between U.S.
Back on January 9th, 2021, days before Trump’s administrations ended, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly lifted U.S. government rules prohibiting interactions between American and Taiwanese diplomats, a move that amounted to a symbolic but significant upgrade in the U.S. relationship with the democratic island, which China claims as its territory.
In the years since, beside sending senior officials to Taiwan, the Trump administration has increased the frequency of U.S. Navy ships sailing through the Taiwan Strait, and sold arms to Taiwan with greater regularity — and less concern about China’s objections — than past administrations.