The U.S. introduced on Wednesday its highest-level visit to Taiwan because it switched diplomatic recognition to China in 1979, a transfer Beijing blasted as a menace to “peace and stability”.
The visit, headed by well being chief Alex Azar, comes as relations between the world’s two largest powers plunge to historic lows.
“This marks… the first Cabinet member to visit in six years, and the highest level visit by a U.S. Cabinet official since 1979,” stated Washington’s de facto Embassy, the American Institute in Taiwan, with no date but given for the visit.
Washington stays the main arms provider to the island however has traditionally been cautious in holding official contacts with it.
Beijing views Taiwan as its personal territory — vowing to sooner or later seize it — and bristles at any strikes by different international locations to recognise or talk with Taipei. “China firmly opposes official exchanges between the U.S. and Taiwan,” Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, stated as he referred to as for the visit to be cancelled.
Taiwan stated Mr. Azar would meet President Tsai Ing-wen.