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US senators seek punishment for nations cutting Taiwan ties

Proposed legislation would downgrade US relations with diplomatic defectors

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen infuriated China with a visit to the U.S. last month.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- In a show of support to Taiwan, U.S. senators are proposing legislation that would punish countries that choose to drop diplomatic recognition of the self-governed island to please the authorities in Beijing.

The Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative, or TAIPEI Act, was introduced this week by a bipartisan group of lawmakers. If passed, it would give the State Department the authority to suspend foreign assistance to, and downgrade, U.S. diplomatic relations with countries that choose to recognize China's claim of sovereignty over the territory of Taiwan.

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