On March 16, 2018, the Taiwan Travel Act was signed into law by US President Donald Trump after being unanimously passed by the House of Representatives on January 9 and the Senate on February 28. Described as a follow-up to the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, it updates US policy to “allow [US] officials at all levels … to travel to Taiwan”, “high-level [Taiwanese] officials” to visit the US and meet US government officials under respectful conditions, and encourage Taiwanese entities to more freely conduct business within the US and with US officials.
China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has announced that it will hold live-fire military exercises in the Taiwan Strait on April 18, 2018, making it the first time it has held such drills since September 2015.
Following a year of tit-for-tat insults and not-so-veiled threats between the heads of state of North Korea and the United States, the White House made the unexpected announcement earlier this month that President Donald Trump planned to meet Chairman Kim Jong-un in person in April 2018.
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