Trump Administration to Begin Highest Level Taiwan Visit in Decades Amid Plummeting US-China Ties

Washington has billed the Taiwan trip as an opportunity to learn from the island’s fight against the coronavirus and to celebrate its progressive values. 

Asenior member of US President Donald Trump’s administration will land in Taiwan Sunday for Washington’s highest level visit since switching diplomatic recognition to China in 1979, a trip Beijing has condemned.  

During the three-day visit Health Secretary Alex Azar will meet President Tsai Ing-wen, an advocate for Taiwan being recognised as a sovereign nation who is loathed by China’s leaders. Azar is the most senior cabinet member to visit Taiwan in decades and it comes as relations between the world’s two biggest economic powers plunge to historic lows.

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