SENIOR US OFFICIAL MEETS TAIWAN’S TSAI ING-WEN

Written by on August 10, 2020

US HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY ALEX AZAR, THE MOST SENIOR OFFICIAL TO VISIT TAIWAN IN 40 YEARS, MET THE ISLAND’S PRESIDENT TSAI ING-WEN ON MONDAY, PRAISING HER GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND OFFERING US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S STRONG SUPPORT.

CHINA, WHICH CLAIMS THE DEMOCRATICALLY RULED ISLAND AS ITS OWN, HAS CONDEMNED AZAR’S TRIP AS A THREAT TO “PEACE AND STABILITY” AND PROMISED UNSPECIFIED RETALIATION.

WASHINGTON BROKE OFF OFFICIAL TIES WITH TAIPEI IN 1979 IN FAVOUR OF BEIJING.

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS MADE STRENGTHENING ITS SUPPORT FOR THE ISLAND A PRIORITY, AND HAS ALSO BOOSTED ARMS SALES.


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