US Sending Highest Official to Taiwan Since Ties Cut in 1979

The U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services is scheduled to visit Taiwan in the coming days.

  • Published 5 August 2020

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services is scheduled to visit Taiwan in the coming days in the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979. The visit by Alex Azar, and especially a planned meeting with Taiwan’s president, will likely create new friction between the U.S. and China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory to be… Read at AP News