Pompeo: US to lift restrictions on contacts with Taiwan

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says US is lifting long-standing restrictions on contacts between American and Taiwanese officials.The “self-imposed restrictions” were introduced decades ago to “appease” the mainland Chinese government, which lays claim to the island, the US state department said in a statement.These rules are now “null and void”.The move is likely to anger China and increase tensions between Washington and Beijing.

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