TAIPEI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar will visit Taiwan in coming days, his office said on Tuesday, making the highest-level visit by a U.S. official in four decades – a move that angered China, which claims the island as its own.
Azar’s visit will worsen already poor Beijing-Washington relations, inflamed over trade, the pandemic and human rights, even as democratic Taiwan has welcomed the show of support in the face of unrelenting Chinese pressure.
During his visit, Azar will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said, which may infuriate China further.
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WNU Editor: China has condemned this pending visit …. Beijing protests US Health Secretary Alex Azar’s Taiwan visit (SCMP). More here …. China says US cabinet visit to Taiwan ‘endangering peace’ (France 24).
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