High AMERICAN diplomat, Taiwan leader to speak at Taipei event

TAIPEI, Taiwan-A senior U.S. diplomat, was scheduled to speak in addition to the Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen at an event in Taipei on Wednesday, just days after President Donald Trump has a new act is to promote the exchange between officials of the two sides that have drawn protests from Beijing.

The State Department official Alex Wong’s appearance would follow an announcement of the taiwanese minister of defense that China’s own operating aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, had been spotted entering the Taiwan Strait, separating the sides on Tuesday.

The defence minister Yen Teh-fa, told a legislative hearing that Taiwan’s army is monitoring the situation, but declined to give more details. The 60,000 tons of craft commissioned in 2012 is the conduct of military operations in the East china Sea in the past few days, Yen said.

The Liaoning has previously passed the heavily traded 160 kilometers (100 miles) -wide Taiwan Strait.

Wong’s visit to Taiwan drew new criticism Wednesday from China, which claims the self-ruled island as its own, and has been sought to isolate it diplomatically.

China has already lodged a protest about the new Taiwan Travel Act, saying it violates the U.S. commitments not to restore the formal exchange ended when Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979. Trump signed the law on Friday.

China calls on the united states to hold to previous commitments, is no longer “a kind of official exchanges and interaction with Taiwan, and properly handle the Taiwan-related issue with the necessary caution to prevent serious damage to China-US relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing.

Wong, whose formal title is deputy assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs, was to speak at a dinner with the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei. Tsai’s office said they speak at the same event.

His appearance and the signing of the law as China is boosting the diplomatic and economic pressure on Tsai in response to its refusal to support the Beijing “One-China” principle, under which Taiwan is considered a part of China.

On Tuesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that any attempt to separate one part of China of the nation would be “doomed to fail,” a message is implicitly aimed at Taiwan and the US, Xi said that China would continue to strive for a peaceful unification with the island, which separated amid civil war in 1949, although China has refused to rule out the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control.

The new U.S. law allows unlimited travel by the officials of the V. S. for a meeting with the members of the taiwanese government and the Taiwanese officials visiting the united states under “respectful conditions”, which they are allowed to meet their colleagues, including those from the ministries of interior and defence.


This story has been corrected to show that the name of the legislation is Taiwan Travel Act in place of Taiwan Travel Act.

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