Top-Level US Official To Visit Taiwan
US Trump Administration is ignoring Beijing anger emphasising the importance of free, democratic and independent Taiwan in the region.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he is sending U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft to Taiwan next week to show “what a free China could achieve,” an announcement that sparked sharp criticism from Beijing and a warning that “the United States will pay a heavy price for its wrong action.”
Mr. Pompeo called Taiwan “a reliable partner and vibrant democracy that has flourished despite CCP (Chinese Communist Party) efforts to undermine its great success.”
The U.S. Mission to the United Nations said Thursday night that Craft will travel to Taiwan on Jan. 13-15 less than a week before the inauguration of Joe Biden and the end of Donald Trump’s presidency - to “reinforce the U.S. government’s strong and ongoing support for Taiwan’s international space.”
Ms. Kraft will meet with senior Taiwan counterparts, members of the diplomatic community, and speak at the Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs on Jan. 14 “on Taiwan’s impressive contributions to the global community and the importance of Taiwan’s meaningful and expanded participation in international organizations,” a mission announcement said.
China’s U.N. Mission said in a statement from its spokesperson that Beijing “firmly opposes” Ms. Craft’s visit. It said that “there is only one China in the world and the Taiwan region is an inalienable part of China’s territory.”
Ms. Craft is known as a strong supporter of Taiwan and has expressed support for the nation’s inclusion in the UN, saying in a speech in September last year that it was “cheating the world” not to have Taiwan participating in UN activities.
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The United States will not succeed in its attempt to harm China’s core interests through political manipulation on the Taiwan question, the unidentified spokesperson said. We wish to remind the United States that whoever plays with fire will burn himself.
American relations with democratic Taiwan have warmed, largely due to strong bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress, but the Trump administration has also been willing to defy Beijing’s threats and promote an alternative to Chinese Communist Party authoritarianism.