The nation’s top health official is leading a delegation aimed at supporting Taiwan’s international role in fighting the coronovirus epidemic and strengthening ties between the US and the island, which China claims to have.
Azar – the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan in 40 years – landed in Taipei’s Songjon Airport late in the afternoon, where he met Brent Christensen, the US Ambassador to Taiwan and Taiwan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tien Chung Was from -kwang.
Washington severed official ties with Taipei in favor of Beijing in 1979.
Azhar is expected to sign a health cooperation memorandum with the Taiwanese government on Monday and visit Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control.
He is also set to meet President Tsai Ing-wen during his visit.
Beijing is angered by the visit and has previously threatened to take unspecified militants.
With post wires