Senior US Official Embarks on Visit to Taiwan to Reaffirm US Support

A senior U.S. official will head to Taiwan for what State Department officials say is to "reaffirm long-standing U.S. policy toward and support for Taiwan." Alex Wong, deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, is scheduled to visit Taiwan March 20-22 after meetings in Singapore. While in Taiwan, Wong will deliver remarks at the American Chamber of Commerce's annual Hsieh Nien Fan dinner, an opportunity for the American business community to meet with Taiwanese officials to facilitate further interaction in the year ahead. Wong will also hold discussions with Taiwanese officials on a wide range of matters, according to the State Department. "It makes sense that the Trump administration is willing to strengthen ties with Taiwan. No one should be surprised," Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project at Center for International and Strategic Studies, told VOA on Monday. "China's growing political, military, and economic...


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