China warns the US of stiking official trade deal with Taiwan

Talk of a US-Taiwan trade deal has provoked Beijing’s ire. China sees democratic Taiwan as part of its territory and comes out strongly against other countries treating the island as an independent nation.

Beijing’s response to the American initiative was swift, and unmistakeable in its rhetoric. The statement meant to head off early signs that Washington is eyeing an eventual trade pact with Taiwan. US secretary of State Antony Blinken alluded to the start of such talks during a congressional hearing.

His remarks came with Beijing already incensed by a visit from three US senators to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Sunday to announce a major vaccine donation.

Despite officially cutting diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979 in order to recognize Beijing as China’s only official representative – the US is still Taiwan’s most powerful ally and biggest arms supplier. Increased US support in the form of strengthened trade relations is likely to feed China’s anger – further complicating relations between the world’s top two economies.