China will take legitimate countermeasures in response to recent visits of US high-ranking officials to Taiwan, including measures targeting relevant individuals, Chinese Communist Party’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Monday.
Wang Wenbin made the remarks at a regular press briefing, urging the US side to stop any form of official exchanges with the island.
US Under Secretary of State Keith Krach visited Taiwan last week and met its leader Tsai Ing-wen, after US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar’s visit in August.
It is worth noting that Bi-khim Hsiao’s personal Twitter account says “Taiwan Ambassador to the US”. She represents Taiwan in the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office.
President Tsai: Recent incursions from nearly two score of Chinese warplanes damage CCP’s image
President Tsai Ing-wen on Sunday censured China for sending multiple batches of warplanes to harass Taiwan over the course of three days, some of which even crossed the median line in the Taiwan Strait. She labeled Beijing”s moves as “intimidation” and of “no help to improve China”s international image.” These Chinese military exercises were seen as a protest against a visit from top U.S. diplomat Keith Krach, which wrapped up on Saturday.
U.S. Undersecretary of State Keith Krach in a whirlwind trip paid a three-day visit to Taiwan, marking a new high in bilateral relations. To this, President Tsai Ing-wen offered her thanks.
Taiwan and US both want to start formal economic dialogue as soon as possible
n the wake of the three-day whirlwind visit by U.S. State Department Under Secretary Keith Krach, Economics minister Wang Mei-hua gave a press conference Sunday to announce that Taiwan and the U.S. will soon begin a formal economic dialogue.
Wang Mei-hua Minister of Economic Affairs:
This time the two sides mainly exchanged views on topics such as 5G Clean networks, restructuring of the industrial supply chain, Indo-Pacific strategy, the New Southbound Policy, energy infrastructure, investment reviews and global women’s economic empowerment. The mood of the meeting was good. But these topics are extremely wide-ranging, and the preparation time was rather short, so the discussion did not amount to a formal dialogue. The two sides have already reached a consensus to begin formal dialogue as soon as possible.
Many observers were also focused on progress toward a bilateral free trade agreement. Wang said the exchanges with the State Department this time were aimed at economic cooperation at a strategic level. The Office of the United States Trade Representative is the U.S. government agency responsible for free trade agreements, and that is a different division of the U.S. government.