Washington — Former Senator Chris Dodd and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and James Steinberg headed to Taiwan on Tuesday at the request of President Joe Biden.
Biden administration officials told Reuters that an “unofficial” delegation would be dispatched as the United States and Taiwan commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act, which Biden voted for as a US Senator.
The delegation met with senior Taiwanese officials and said they followed “a long-standing bipartisan tradition of the US government sending high-level informal delegations to Taiwan.”
Officials called it a “personal signal” from the president who took office in January.
“The election of these three individuals, Taiwan’s longtime friends and senior politicians who are personally intimate with President Biden, sends an important signal about the United States’ commitment to Taiwan and its democracy. “
Taiwan’s presidential palace said President Tsai Ing-wen will meet with the delegation on Thursday morning.
Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry has announced that the group will arrive at Matsuyama Airport in downtown Taipei in the middle of Wednesday afternoon.
The State Department said on Friday that it has issued new guidelines to allow US officials to meet more freely with Taiwanese officials.
The Chinese administration considers Taiwan part of its territory and threatens war to bring the island into its territory. Jeju is a virtually independent country with democratically elected governments, troops, constitutions, and currencies.
Former President Donald Trump has sent several senior officials to Taiwan, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has lifted restrictions on contact between U.S. and Taiwanese officials a few days before President Trump ends in January. Then announced.