U.S. lawmakers push to change the name of Taiwan’s de facto embassy in Washington

Washington — A group of U.S. bipartisan lawmakers proposed a matching bill in the Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday, and the U.S. will rename Taiwan’s de facto embassy in Washington to “Taiwan Representative Office.” You need to negotiate. Communist regime in China.

It is now called the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), using the name of the island’s capital.

If the bill is enacted, changing the name of the office can cover small countries to take similar steps to promote engagement with Taiwan.

As Washington seeks to oppose what Beijing sees as growing economic and military coercion, it is certain that it will create a new crack in Sino-US relations, already at the worst of decades.

The United States, like most countries, has no official relationship with democratically governed Taiwan, but is its largest international supporter.

The bill instructed the Secretary of State to “call for the start of negotiations” with TECRO and renamed the office to “Taiwan Representative Office.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) And Bob Menendez (DN.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sponsored the Senate bill with John Curtis (R-Utah) and Chris Papas (R-Utah). In the house version led by DN.H.).

“The United States must make it clear that despite all efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to intimidate and coerce Taiwan, hostile forces do not have the right to claim sovereignty over democracies,” Rubio said. rice field.

Menendez told Reuters that the bill is in line with the Taiwan Relations Act, which defines the United States’ informal relationship with Taiwan, showing Washington’s support for Taiwan to “determine its future.” Said.

“We must take this step to strengthen our diplomatic partnership with Taiwan and counter China’s repeated attempts to intimidate and force countries around the world,” Papas said. I did.

The White House, the US State Department, and the Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Chinese government claims that Taiwan is a de facto independent country, and despite having its own army, democratically elected government, and constitution, the island is unique.

The Chinese government has downgraded diplomatic relations with Lithuania after Taiwan opened an office in Vilnius last year, called the Lithuanian Representative Office, and pressured multinational corporations to cut off relations with the country.