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Alex Azar lands in Taiwan, escalating tensions with China

Added 08-09-20 12:22:01pm EST - “Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday, marking the highest-level visit to the island by a U.S. official since 1979.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “HHS chief Alex Azar lands in Taiwan, escalating tensions with China”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday, marking the highest-level visit to the island by a U.S. official since 1979.

Mr. Azar landed in Taipei and was greeted by William Brent Christensen, the Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and by Taiwan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tien Ching-kwang, Reuters reported.

The trip, which has been repeatedly bashed by China, signifies the willingness of the Trump administration to escalate the pressure campaign against Beijing even with U.S. elections looming in November.

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While Washington and Beijing have clashed on a number of fronts — including trade, human rights, Hong Kong and control of the South China Sea — China has always reacted with a special intensity to signs that the U.S. was bolstering the independence of Taiwan, which China considers an integral part of its territory.

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