Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Biden sends unofficial US delegation to Taiwan in signal of support - FRANCE24

 Former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd and former Deputy Secretaries of State Richard Armitage and James Steinberg headed to Taiwan on Tuesday at President Joe Biden's request, in what a White House official called a "personal signal" of the president's commitment to the Chinese-claimed island and its democracy.
A senior Biden administration official told Reuters the dispatch of the "unofficial" delegation comes as the United States and Taiwan mark the 42nd anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act, for which Biden voted when he was a U.S. senator.

The delegation will meet with senior Taiwanese officials and followed "a long-standing bipartisan tradition of U.S. administrations sending high-level, unofficial delegations to Taiwan," the official said.

The official called it "a personal signal" from the president, who took office in January.

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  1. China calls on the United States to respect its commitments on Taiwan and not to send false signals to supporters of its independence by dispatching an unofficial delegation to the island, Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the Chinese State Council, said on Wednesday.

    Earlier in the day, the CNN broadcaster reported, citing a senior official from the US administration, that US President Joe Biden had sent an unofficial delegation to Taiwan on Tuesday in a move to show Washington's support for the island in light of China stepping up its military presence around the island. The delegation, including former Senator Chris Dodd, as well as former senior state department officials Richard Armitage and James Steinberg, is set to meet with senior Taiwanese officials at Biden's request.

    "The US, first of all, should understand what is right and what is wrong. The situation in the Taiwan Strait is currently very difficult, the reason and all responsibility for this lie with the Democratic Progressive Party [of Taiwan]. Secondly, we oppose any official contacts between Taiwan and the United States. The US has a commitment to China regarding the Taiwan issue. We hope it will take its commitments seriously and stop sending false signals to the pro-Taiwan independence forces," Ma said at a briefing.

    On Monday, Deputy Foreign Minister of Taiwan Tien Chung-kwang announced that the island was preparing for a possible visit of former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later this year. The move to welcome Pompeo, known for his strong support for the island during his office as the US state secretary, is likely to anger Beijing.

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