How to handle a public backlash against a foreign leader
In a rare example of an Asian nation stepping into the fray against a U.S. president, Taiwan’s government has responded to President Donald Trump’s recent visit to the island by saying he was violating the countrys sovereignty.
Trump arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday, where the United States has not formally recognized the island’s independence but has formally recognized Taiwan as part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Taiwan’s government also called Trump’s visit a “violation” of the nations sovereignty and “a serious and serious provocation.”
Trump’s trip, along with his repeated criticism of China, has fueled concerns that he will seek to take a more assertive approach toward Beijing, which Beijing regards as a threat to regional security.
Trump, in his remarks to the Taiwanese legislature, said his trip was a “clear violation” of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 and the United Nations Charter, which states that nations should respect their sovereignty.
Trump called the resolution “ridiculous.”
Taiwan, which is a former colony of China under a civil war, has long been a major U.K. ally, but is not a full member of the United Kingdom.
The island also has an unofficial relationship with China that is at odds with Beijing.
The two nations signed a trade agreement in the early 1990s that became known as the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific.
In recent years, China has increased pressure on Taiwan to end the islands status as a stateless country.
In March, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, a Democrat, told the Wall Street Journal that the U.L.T.R. and other U. S. trade deals were damaging the economy of Taiwan.
She also said that Beijing’s moves in the region have undermined stability in Asia.
Trump has said he will honor the agreement.
In a statement Wednesday, Taiwan said it is deeply disappointed with the comments made by Trump.
“The Taiwan government strongly rejects the U of A president’s comments,” it said.
“This was clearly a misunderstanding and it was made by a U of a representative who has never been to Taiwan.
The Taiwan government is committed to fully respecting the U, L.T.-R.TR and all its international agreements and obligations.”
Trump is the first sitting U.A. president to visit Taiwan since it was handed over to China by the U the Communists after the end of World War II.
The U. of A also is a member of China’s Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group, which includes Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
Trump’s recent trip comes amid a series of tensions between Beijing and Taipei, which have flared in recent months as Beijing and the U have sparred over China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.