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New legislation blocks State Department from buying maps depicting Taiwan as Chinese territory

US House of Representatives, Senate recently passed separate versions of bill

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U.S. President Joe Biden.

U.S. President Joe Biden. (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — U.S. President Joe Biden has signed a spending bill for fiscal year 2022 that includes an amendment that blocks the State Department from purchasing maps that portray Taiwan as Chinese territory.

The House of Representatives and the Senate each passed their own version of the bill on March 9 and 10, respectively. It covers many issues and totals US$1.5 trillion (NT$42.9 trillion), CNA reported.

The legislation includes an amendment authored by representatives Tom Tiffany, Steve Chabot, Scott Perry, Kat Cammack, and Mike Gallagher that bars the State Department from buying maps that depict Taiwan as part of China.

Under the section titled "Maps," it stipulates that "None of the funds made available by this Act should be used to create, procure, or display any map that inaccurately depicts the territory and social and economic system of Taiwan and the islands or island groups administered by Taiwan authorities."