US-Taiwan trade deal irks Beijing

The US has signed a trade deal with Taiwan against vehement opposition from China. The move comes as Beijing has been stepping up pressure to intimidate the self-ruled island, which it sees as its own.
Ednews informs via DW that the United States on Thursday signed a trade agreement with Taiwan aimed at strengthening bilateral commercial relations, a move that provoked the Chinese Foreign Ministry to issue a prior warning against "sending wrong signals to the 'Taiwan independence' secessionist forces."
The conclusion of the trade deal comes as Beijing has been increasingly asserting its claim to the island, which it considers a breakaway part of its territory that must be united with the mainland by force, if necessary.