US open American Institute(basically an embassy?) In Taiwan

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    The American Institute has been open since 1979. My understanding is that they were operating in an older building continuously since there founding.
    For sometime however they have been building a new complex to replace that old building. This is in regards to opening that new building. It's a shift as in moving house.
     
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    I'm guessing related is
    China protests new US representative office in Taiwan
    2018-06-12 22:54 GMT+8 https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d414d3267444d78457a6333566d54/share_p.html

     
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    Boiler plate. The American Institute is a thorn in the CCP side as it shows there remains a degree of relationship between Taiwan and the US, even if a backdoor.
    For the PRC the continue existence of the ROC and semiautomy of Taiwan means that there dynasty is not absolute, and reunification or rather surrender of the last vestige of the pre PRC order is the goal. To do they they want to isolate Taiwan and force it to rely on the mainland for economic development and foreign affairs as a means of bringing ROC in line. Hence the protest.
     
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    It's just a new damn building, that's all. The AIT has been operating in Taiwan as a de facto US Embassy since like forever (jokes aside, after resumption of Sino-US relations that is). Why is Western media making such a big fuss out of it?

    I've been watching Taiwan news programs and political shows consistently and initially the excitement for them is that US Marine Corp is going to be guarding the AIT, which didn't realise; and then it was rumoured John Bolton is going to come to the opening ceremony, and it didn't happen too. They just moved into a new building and that's it.
     
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    Hong Kong and Macau both have American consulates.

    Taiwan's AIT status is below that of a consulate, because it's merely a "private non-profit organization" that does similar functions to Hong Kong and Macau's US consulates (e.g. visa processing, citizenship servces, economic/trade/cultural exchanges)

    So no, it's not "basically an embassy", since they don't even have ambassadors or consuls-generals, they have some "chairman" of non-profit organization, it's below that of a US consulate. It's basically a defacto consulate, and US has consulates in non-sovereign territories all the time (see: Hong Kong and Macau).

    Also, this is just a brand new building, it's kinda meaningless. US news media likes to sensationalize and exaggerate things.
     
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    Here is the secret. Whenever someone brings up that US has a "DEFACTO EMBASSY" in Taiwan, just point to the US Consulates in non-sovereign territories that is part of China, like US consulates in Hong Kong and Macau.

    They do exactly the same function as the AIT. The HK and Macau consulates all do "economic, cultural, and trade exchanges" and do visa-processing and citizenship services, exactly like the one in AIT in Taiwan.

    But you can see, Hong Kong and Macau are clearly part of China right? You can have US consulates in non-sovereign territories. Taiwan is a non-sovereign territory with defacto consulate just like HK and Macau has US consulates.

    Source: HK-American dual citizenship.
     
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    US Marines to Taiwan?...I'm not sure about the source...

     
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    This only proves that the US is only using the Taiwan province as an excuse to drive a wedge between the PRC and the other Chinese government. A rising PRC with Communism as its core government is a thorn to the US hegemony and domination in Asia and the Western Pacific status quo. Taiwan today does rely on the mainland for economic growth and so forth.
     
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