How Much Will Azar’s Trip to Taiwan Provoke China?

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, and Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, during a meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, Aug. 10, 2020 (pool photo by Central News Agency via AP Images).
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, and Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, during a meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, Aug. 10, 2020 (pool photo by Central News Agency via AP Images).
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Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar this week became the highest-level American official to visit Taiwan since 1979, when Washington severed official diplomatic ties with Taipei. The optics of the trip were questionable, as it came amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and China, which considers Taiwan a breakaway province that should be brought under its control, by force if necessary. Nevertheless, the visit was a boost for Taiwan, as it deals with constant anxiety over Chinese aggression. […]

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