Secretary Pompeo reportedly lifts ‘self-imposed’ restrictions with Taiwan

Secretary Pompeo reportedly lifts ‘self-imposed’ restrictions with Taiwan

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American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly lifted ‘self-imposed’ restrictions with Taiwan on Sunday.

The restrictions between the relationship of the United States and Taiwan were lifted.

“Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and reliable partner of the United States, and yet for several decades the State Department has created complex internal restrictions to regulate our diplomats, service members, and other officials’ interactions with their Taiwanese counterparts,” he said.

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“The United States government took these actions unilaterally, in an attempt to appease the Communist regime in Beijing. No more.”

“Today I am announcing that I am lifting all of these self-imposed restrictions.  Executive branch agencies should consider all “contact guidelines” regarding relations with Taiwan previously issued by the Department of State under authorities delegated to the Secretary of State to be null and void.”

All sectionals of the Foreign Affairs Manual or Foreign Affairs Handbook that convey authorities or otherwise purport to regulate executive branch engagement with Taiwan via any entity other than the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) are voided, according to Pompeo.

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