He made amends by vowing to uphold the One China policy shortly before Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort - but infuriated Beijing again last summer by approving a $1.3 billion arms sale to Taiwan.
The bill says it should be USA policy to allow officials at all levels to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts, permit high-level Taiwanese officials to enter the U.S. under respectful conditions and meet USA officials, and encourage Taiwanese economic and cultural representatives to conduct business in the United States.
Taiwan was very pleased with Senate passage of the Travel Act.
"It seriously violates the one-China principle and the three Sino-US joint communiques, and we are firmly against the act ..."
Tensions between Beijing and Taipei have grown since Tsai, the leader of the island's independence-leading Democratic Progressive Party, was elected president in 2016. This call was issued on the same day the Taiwan Travel Act passed the Senate.
"We also sternly warn Taiwan: do not rely on foreigners to build yourselves up, or it will only draw the fire upon you", it said in a short statement.
"Which, if she persisted, would lead to the inevitable outcome of triggering the Anti-Secession Law that allows Beijing to use force to prevent the island from seceding", the paper said, referring to a Chinese law passed in 2005.
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"Since the United States is bound by domestic law to act on behalf of the island in that instance, it would only give substance to the observation that the descent into hell is easy".
The Global Times has been a veritable geyser of belligerent anti-Taiwan editorials and expert analyses ever since the Taiwan Travel Act passed the Senate.
Asked about some Taiwan media stirring up trouble following remarks by members of a USA think tank, An said some "unscrupulous" people from the island acted actively as other countries' tools, at the cost of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and the wellbeing of people on both sides. He has said China's cooperation is essential to cope with North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.
On the economic front, US's trade with China is still running huge deficits.
The Chinese mainland resolutely opposes any form of official or military contact between the United States and Taiwan, a spokesman said Wednesday.
The South China Morning Post anticipates that the next crisis point could be a planned U.S. -Taiwan defense conference scheduled for May.
"We wholeheartedly anticipate that this law can in the future further raise the substantive relationship between Taiwan and the United States", Lai said. Many support the removal of Chiang's likeness from Taiwan's currency and of his name from roads and schools, as well as the repurposing of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, one of Taipei's biggest tourist sites.
Yang suggested Congress's passage of the Taiwan Travel Act could give President Trump leverage in his dealings with Beijing, as he could float the possibility of vetoing it, or more likely use administrative discretion to refrain from arranging the kind of official exchanges that threaten Beijing.