A delegation of former senior United States defense and security officials sent by President Joe Biden arrived in taipei on Tuesday for a visit denounced by China and which is happening in the middle of Russia invasion of Ukraine.
The visit, led by one-time president of the chiefs of staff of the personnel Mike Mullen, arrive at a time when Taiwan intervened up son alert level, suspicious of China takes advantage of a distracted West move against this.
Beijing claims the democratically governed island as its own and has pledged to place it under Chinese control, in force if necessary.
Mullen, a retired naval admiral who was the best in the United States military officer under former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, is accompanied by Meghan O’Sullivan, a former deputy national security adviser under Bush, and Michèle Flournoy, a former undersecretary of defense under Obama.
Of them former advice national of security senior directors for Asia, Mike Green and Evan Medeiros, are also on the journey, which aims to “demonstrate our continued robustness support for Taiwan”, an American official told Reuters.
the group touch down in a private jet at Songshan Airport in downtown Taipei and were met by Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu.
They will meet President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday, same day former american secretary of Declare that Mike Pompeo will also happens although it comes separately and as a private citizen.
China describes Taiwan as the most sensitive and important country issue in its links with the United States, and any high-level interaction upsets Beijing.
“Willingness of the Chinese people defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country is unwavering. The one that the United States sends to show support for Taiwan is required to fail”Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said. of visit.
Taiwanese Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang told reporters earlier on Tuesday that the trip showed “the importance of both of the Taiwanese-American relationship and Taiwan’s position”, as well as the firmness of the United States support for the Island.
“It’s very good thing”, he added.
Their flight, from Washington via Anchoring, made an unusual arrivalby flying down Japan’s Ryukyu Islands before turning to approach Taipei from Taiwan’s northeast coast and well away from China, flight tracking data shows website FlightRadar24 showed.
the more normal approach path for their direction of the trip is over the East China Sea.
On Saturday, an American warship crossed the sensitive Taiwan Strait, partly of what the United States military calls a routine activity but which China has described as “provocative”.
Wang went further on Tuesday, using even stronger terms.
“If the United States tries to threaten and pressure China with this then we need to tell them that in the face of The great wall of steel forged by 1.4 billion chinese peopleany military deterrence is just junk,” he said.
“The Widget of sail an American warship through the Taiwan Strait should to be left to those who foolishly believe in hegemony.”