Arab Times

US en­voy be­gins visit to Tai­wan:

- Politics · Asian Politics · Taiwan · Beijing · Taipei · Deputy · U.S. State Department · United States of America · Alex Azar

US Un­der­sec­re­tary of State Keith Krach ar­rived in Tai­wan on Thurs­day for the sec­ond visit by a high-level Amer­i­can of­fi­cial in two months, prompt­ing a stern warn­ing and threat of pos­si­ble re­tal­i­a­tion from China.

Bei­jing con­sid­ers Tai­wan its own and op­poses all of­fi­cial con­tacts between other coun­tries and the self-gov­ern­ing is­land.

Krach ar­rived at an air force base in Taipei, the cap­i­tal, for a three-day visit. Wear­ing a face mask, he bumped el­bows in greetings with Tai­wanese Deputy For­eign Minister Harry Ho-Jen Tseng.

Krach, the high­est-level State De­part­ment of­fi­cial to visit the is­land in decades, is to meet Tai­wanese Pres­i­dent Tsai Ing­wen and other se­nior of­fi­cials, the is­land’s for­eign min­istry said.

The visit by Krach, who is un­der­sec­re­tary for eco­nomic growth, en­ergy and the en­vi­ron­ment, fol­lows a high-pro­file trip in Au­gust by US Health Sec­re­tary Alex Azar, the high­est-level US Cab­i­net of­fi­cial to visit since the US switched for­mal re­la­tions from Tai­wan to China in 1979. (AP)

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kuwait