Taipei: A Sr. US State Dept. officer is because of arrive in Taiwan on Thu. noon to start a three-day check that has already drawn a caveat from China.
US Undersecretary of State Keith Krach is because of meet Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen & different Sr. authorities, the island’s foreign ministry stated Thu..
Krach is the highest-level officer from that State Dept. to check the island in decades.
His own check follows the high-profile check in Aug of US Health Secretary Alex Azar, who has been the highest-level US Cabinet officer to check from a break in official ties between the US & Taiwanese govt in 1979, when the US agreed the one-China policy with Beijing as its govt.
Although, the US has retained unofficial ties with Taiwan from the officer diplomatic break & is the island’s most prominent ally & provider of defence equipment.
Krach is awaited to attend in an economic dialog with the Taiwanese govt.
He’ll also participate a memorial service for Lee Teng-hui, the previous president who commanded the island’s transition to democracy & who passed away in Jul.
Krach’s check has already being condemned by China, that views self-governing Taiwan as a part of its domestic territory & opposes officer interactions of any sort between different nations & the island.
On Mon., Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin pushed the US in a daily briefing to block all forms of officer exchanges with Taiwan, to avoid severe damage to China-US relations & peace & stability around the Taiwan Strait.