US ENVOY VISIT TO TAIWAN RANKLES CHINA
A U.S. envoy arrived in Taiwan on Thursday to attend a memorial service for former President Lee Teng-hui. The Taiwanese Foreign Ministry said that the envoy, Keith Krach, was the highest-level official from the State Department to visit the island in decades, according to a report from The New York Times.
China responded to the news of Mr. Krach’s visit by sending two anti-submarine aircraft off the island’s coast, according to the Taiwanese Defense Ministry. The planes were warned off by the Taiwanese Air Force, it said.
Though the focus of the visit was the memorial service, Mr. Krach will also discuss economic issues and meet with President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday.
The Trump administration is increasingly seeking to counter China’s attempts to isolate Taiwan. Last month, Alex Azar, the health secretary, became the highest-level U.S. cabinet member to visit the island since 1979.
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