US Senate passes Taiwan Travel Act

March 1, 2018 – Reuters is reporting today that the US Senate on Wednesday passed a bill criticized by China promoting closer US ties with Taiwan.

The Senate passed the Taiwan Travel Act by unanimous consent. It passed the House of Representatives in January, also without opposition. The legislation only needs President Donald Trump’s signature to become law.

The legislation says it should be US policy to allow officials at all levels to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts, permit high-level Taiwanese officials to enter the United States “under respectful conditions” and meet with US officials and encourage Taiwanese economic and cultural representatives to conduct business in the United States.

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Benny Lee, a Kansas City businessman and Taiwan native said, “This will undoubtedly open more trade opportunities between our two countries.”

White House officials did not immediately respond when asked if Trump planned to sign the legislation. It would be unusual for a president to veto a measure that passed unanimously.

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