China’s foreign affairs minister openly expressed China’s dissatisfaction with America after Trump signed a massive $2.3 trillion spending package that contained two bills that strengthen U.S. support for Taiwan and Tibet.
Trump signed the spending package into law Sunday night. It contained a roughly $900 coronavirus stimulus package and a $1.4 trillion spending bill for the 2021 fiscal year. Coming in at nearly 6,000 pages, the annual spending package contained allocations for foreign countries — including the Tibet Policy and Support Act and the Taiwan Assurance Act of 2020.
Foreign affairs minister Zhao Lijian told reporters on Monday that China was “resolutely opposed” to the two measures, according to Reuters, adding that the U.S. should not enforce parts of the spending package that “target China” or interfere with its international affairs.
“The determination of the Chinese government to safeguard its national sovereignty, security, and development interests is unwavering,” Lijian said.
The Tibet Policy and Support Act bars China from establishing new consulates in the U.S. until the U.S. is allowed to do the same in Tibet, according to the South China Morning Post. The bill also creates legal mechanisms for issuing economic and travel sanctions against Chinese officials who are considered “complicit in identifying or installing a government-approved candidate” to succeed the Dalai Lama.
The Dalai Lama’s successor is typically chosen by Buddhist monks and the Tibetan government, but China has attempted in the past to intervene in the appointment of a successor to establish a pro-China head of the Buddhist sect — prompting the Dalai Lama to suggest in 2014 that he may not reincarnate after this life.
The Taiwan Assurance Act strengthens a 1979 law that affirmed “substantive ties” between the U.S. and Taiwan, which lack official diplomatic relations after acknowledging China’s sovereignty over the region. The act encourages Taiwan to increase military spending and calls for the normalization of U.S. arms sales to the island. It also advocates for Taiwanese recognition in international bodies such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization.
Taiwan praised the act being signed into law. Presidential office spokesman Xavier Chang said Taiwan offers its “sincere thanks to our bipartisan friends from the administration and the Congress for assisting us in upgrading our defenses and promoting our participation in international organizations.”