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Formal Ties With U.S.? Not For Now, Says Taiwan Foreign Minister

Added 09-22-20 10:07:01pm EST - “Two high-ranking Trump administration officials have been to the island recently. The visits come against a backdrop of deepening mistrust and deteriorating relations between the U.S. and China.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Formal Ties With U.S.? Not For Now, Says Taiwan Foreign Minister”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, shown at a news conference last November, says he sees the possibility of closer relations with the U.S. Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, shown at a news conference last November, says he sees the possibility of closer relations with the U.S.

Taiwan is not pursuing formal diplomatic ties with the United States for now, but there is "a lot" of room to further strengthen relations, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said in an interview after unprecedented visits by two senior U.S. officials.

In August, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar traveled to Taiwan, and last week Under Secretary of State Keith Krach visited the island. They were the highest ranking U.S. officials to travel to Taiwan since Washington cut formal diplomatic relations with Taipei in 1979 to establish ties with Beijing.

The visits come against a backdrop of deepening mistrust and sharply deteriorating relations between the United States and China.

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