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US sends informal delegation to Taiwan amid Russian invasion of Ukraine

An “informal” delegation made up of former US military and government officials travels to Taiwan this Monday, reported a White House official, in the midst of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

This initiativesend an important signal about the commitment of the two major American parties to Taiwan and its democracy, and demonstrates that the support of the Biden administration and of United States to Taiwan still very solid”said.

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The delegation is made up of the former US chief of staff Michael Mullen and former officials of the National Security Council and the Department of Defense, he said.

The delegation will meet with the authorities of Taiwan, according to this source, who requested anonymity. He emphasized that this visit is part of a long tradition of informal trips by representatives of the two major parties: the Democrats and the Republicans.

Taiwan, a democratic country, lives under constant threat from China. Since the seizure of power by the communists in Beijing in 1949, the nationalist government has fled to the island, which the Chinese government considers one of its provinces destined to return to its territory, even if by force.

Beijing accuses Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen of seeking formal independence for the island and she refuses to recognize the Principle of China unique China policy) by which the island and the Continent would form part of a single country.

Many commentators believe that China closely watches the Russian invasion of Ukraine to gauge the reaction of Western powers.

The United States diplomatically recognizes Beijing and not Taipei, but Congress has pledged to sell weapons to Taiwan so you can defend your territory.

The United States has never said to date whether it would intervene in the event of an invasion of the island by Beijing, a way of keeping the peace by deterring Taiwanese leaders from formally declaring independence.

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Source: Elcomercio

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