WASHINGTON—Former Senator Chris Dodd and former Deputy Secretaries of State Richard Armitage and James Steinberg headed to Taiwan on Tuesday at President Joe Biden’s request.
A senior Biden administration official advised Reuters the dispatch of the “unofficial” delegation comes because the United States and Taiwan mark the forty second anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act, for which Biden voted when he was a U.S. senator.
The delegation will meet with senior Taiwanese officers and adopted “a long-standing bipartisan tradition of U.S. administrations sending high-level, unofficial delegations to Taiwan,” the official stated.
The official referred to as it “a personal signal” from the president, who took workplace in January.
“The selection of these three individuals—senior statesmen who are longtime friends of Taiwan and personally close with President Biden—sends an important signal about the U.S. commitment to Taiwan and its democracy.”
Taiwan’s presidential workplace stated President Tsai Ing-wen would meet with the delegation on Thursday morning.
Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry stated the group would arrive at Taipei’s downtown Songshan airport mid-afternoon on Wednesday.
The State Department stated on Friday it was issuing new tips to allow U.S. officers to satisfy extra freely with officers from Taiwan, a transfer that deepens relations with Taipei amid stepped-up Chinese army exercise across the island.
The Chinese regime sees Taiwan as part of its territory and has threatened battle to convey the island into its fold. The self-ruled island is a de facto impartial nation with its personal democratically elected authorities, army, structure, and forex.
Former President Donald Trump despatched a number of senior officers to Taiwan, and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, introduced days earlier than the Trump presidency resulted in January that he was lifting restrictions on contacts between U.S. officers and their Taiwanese counterparts.
NTD employees contributed to this report