China bridles at rare meeting between Taiwan and U.S. security officials

Reuters | May 27, 2019

China responded angrily on Monday as Taiwan confirmed the first meeting in more than four decades between senior U.S. and Taiwanese security officials. Taiwan’s national security chief David Lee met White House national security adviser John Bolton earlier this month, the island’s foreign affairs ministry said in a statement on Saturday. The official Central News Agency said the meeting was the first since the island and the United States ended formal diplomatic ties in 1979. China considers Taiwan a wayward province, to be reclaimed by force if necessary, and the meeting angered Beijing which is already locked in a bitter trade war with Washington. “China is extremely dissatisfied and resolutely opposed to this,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a daily news briefing, adding China was against any form of official exchanges between the United States and Taiwan.

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The United States has long stood as the unrivaled leader in information and communications technology (ICT). ICT is ubiquitous, supporting every industry sector, improving the capabilities and productivity of every business, and providing benefits to every home and individual. As much progress as the ICT industry has seen over the last several decades, expanding from plain old telephone service (POTS) to advanced fiber optics, cable, and wireless technologies, the ICT industry remains immature with significant opportunities for innovation and growth. The role of the federal government facilitating innovation in the ICT sector has been absolutely critical in supporting a robust ICT research ecosystem both through direct federal investment in ICT research and facilitating commercialization and private research investment.

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