TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A senior U.S. State Department official is because of arrive in Taiwan on Thursday afternoon to start a three-day go to that has already drawn a warning from China.
U.S. Undersecretary of State Keith Krach is because of meet Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and different senior officers, the island’s international ministry mentioned Thursday. Krach is the highest-level official from the State Department to go to the island in many years.
His go to follows the high-profile go to in August of U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar, who was the highest-level U.S. Cabinet official to go to since a break in formal ties between the U.S. and Taiwanese authorities in 1979, when the U.S. accepted the “one-China policy” with Beijing as its authorities.
However, the U.S. has maintained unofficial ties with Taiwan because the official diplomatic break and is the island’s most vital ally and supplier of protection gear.
Krach is anticipated to take part in an financial dialogue with the Taiwanese authorities. He may also attend a memorial service for Lee Teng-hui, the previous president who led the island’s transition to democracy and who died in July.
Krach’s go to has already been condemned by China, which views self-governing Taiwan as part of its nationwide territory and opposes official interactions of any kind between different nations and the island.
On Monday, Chinese international ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin urged the U.S. at a each day briefing to “stop all forms of official exchanges with Taiwan, so as to avoid serious damage to China-U.S. relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”
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