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India A large US delegation soon to be sent to Taiwan

09:15  05 august  2020
09:15  05 august  2020 Source:   france24.com

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Accompanied by a delegation, US Secretary of Health Alex Azar will visit Taiwan in the coming days, marking the highest-level visit by an American representative in four decades. This move should provoke the ire of China.

Is the United States seeking to exacerbate Sino-American tensions? They will soon send their most eminent delegation since 1979 to Taiwan . Neither Taiwan nor Washington has specified the date of this visit.

The US office in charge of trade relations with Taiwan confirmed on Tuesday August 4 that US Secretary of Health Alex Azar would head the delegation to visit the island that Beijing considers a rebel province called to return one day to the bosom of Communist China.

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The United States announced Wednesday its "highest level" visit in decades to Taiwan , a move sure to infuriate Washington's de facto embassy in Taipei confirmed that health chief Alex Azar would lead an upcoming delegation to the self-ruled island, which China's communist leaders claim and have

"This marks (...) the first visit of a member of the government in six years," said the American Institute in Taiwan, adding that no member of the United States of this rank had been there. rendered "since 1979". It was that year that Washington had chosen to recognize China, and to stop recognizing Taipei.

"Taiwan has been a model of transparency and cooperation in global health during the Covid-19 pandemic and long before it," Azar said in a statement.

He added that he was eager to convey US President Donald Trump's support for Taiwan's "leadership" in the face of the health crisis and to "underscore our common belief that free and democratic societies are the best model to protect and promote health".

Azar, "a close friend of Taiwan"

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A Taiwanese delegation has arrived in India on Monday for a three days visit. India and Taiwan has cordial relations but have no formal diplomatic ties. India's relations with Taiwan and Tibet have been a bone of contention between India and China as China considers it against its One-China Policy.

China is opposed to Taiwan representatives attending the inauguration of US President-elect "China is opposed to the Taiwan authorities sending any officials to participate in the ceremony. We urge the US to have no official contacts with Taiwan and not to allow Taiwanese representatives to attend

Taiwan confirmed the next visit, specifying that Mr. Azar would meet on this occasion the Taiwanese ministers of foreign affairs and health.

"Minister Azar has long been a close friend of Taiwan," the ministry said in a statement, adding that this visit was "a proof of the solid foundations of mutual trust" between Washington and Taipei.

A rapprochement since the election of Donald Trump

The United States remains the main supplier of arms to Taiwan but has traditionally been cautious in the nature of official bilateral contacts.

However, this has changed since the election of Donald Trump who has moved closer to Taiwan as relations with Beijing deteriorated.

The last visit to Taiwan by a member of the US government was in 2014 by the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The previous one dated back to 2000, when Bill Clinton's Transportation Secretary visited the island.

With AFP and Reuters

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