Unexpected visit to Taiwan from the United States
On Monday, Taiwan’s foreign ministry said that a group of US officials led by Sen.
Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat from Illinois, has arrived in Taipei.
Taiwan’s President, Tsai Ing-wen, will meet with the group on Tuesday.
Presidential spokeswoman Xavier Chang said they would address “regional security, economic and trade cooperation, and all topics pertaining to US-Taiwan bilateral ties” during the meeting.
On the last day of their trip, the team will meet with Premier Su Tseng-chang and Economic Affairs Minister Wang Mei-hua.
President Joe Biden just got back from his first trip as president to Asia.
This has started a new debate about how the United States should treat Taiwan and the rest of China from a diplomatic point of view.
Biden said earlier this month that the United States might use force if China tries to take Taiwan by force.
After being worried at first, the White House quickly played down the statements and said they don’t mean that US foreign policy is changing.
The US’s “One China” policy recognises China’s view that Taiwan is part of China.
But the US has never formally accepted Beijing’s claim to the self-governing island of 23 million people.
The United States has made it clear that the United States would not intervene militarily in the case of a Chinese invasion.
But the island nation has received US defense weaponry.
Previous congress trips
The United States has never formally accepted Beijing’s claim to the self-governing island of 23 million people under the “One China” policy.
It respects China’s view that Taiwan is part of China.
Although the United States supports Taiwan with defensive armaments.
It has deliberately remained vague as to whether it would intervene militarily if China attacked.
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