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US ambassador visits Taiwan, 'US is playing with fire'

 US ambassador visits Taiwan, 'US is playing with fire

Kelly Craft, the US ambassador to the United Nations, will visit Taiwan next week to meet with senior officials.

According to the US mission to the United Nations, the US ambassador will visit Taiwan on January 13-15

Beijing, which claims the autonomous island as its territory, has expressed outrage at the growing support for Taiwan from the outgoing Trump administration and the visit of US officials to Taiwan.

In August and September last year, Chinese fighter jets landed near Taiwan during a series of visits by two US officials to Taiwan.

Unlike other countries, the United States does not have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but the United States is a supporter and arms supplier.

During her visit, Ambassador Kelly Craft will further strengthen the US Government's strong and ongoing support for Taiwan's international position under the US-China policy, the US Mission to the United Nations said. This is in line with the Taiwan Relations Act, the three USPRC Joint Communications and the six assurances given to Taiwan.

The United States is obligated to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself under the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act.

China has said it strongly opposes a US official's visit.

"We want to remind the United States that anyone who plays with fire will burn themselves," said China's ambassador to the United Nations. The United States will have to pay a heavy price for its wrongdoing.

"China urges the United States to stop its dangerous provocations and stop creating new problems for Sino-US relations and the two countries and stop going in the wrong direction," he added.

This is a symbolic visit, Taiwan is not a member of the UN due to objections from China.

China sees Taiwan as one of its own provinces and does not recognize it. China says only Beijing has the international right to talk about Taiwan.

 Taiwan says its democratically elected government, not China, has the right to speak.

Taiwan has complained of Chinese pressure over its refusal to seek information from the World Health Organization during the coronavirus outbreak. The US ambassador is expected to raise the issue during his visit.

Taiwan to merge with China says Chinese President

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the people of Taiwan to recognize that they are part of China and that Taiwan will continue to integrate into China. Taiwan's President Chai In-wing has said that China should accept Taiwan's existence and resolve its differences peacefully.

 In a speech marking the 40th anniversary of the resumption of Sino-Taiwanese relations, the Chinese president reiterated his offer to integrate Taiwan on the basis of a one-country, two-system vision.

 He said China could also use force in the matter. The Chinese president said both sides were part of the same Chinese race. Taiwan's independence was a "dead end" with no future. The people of Taiwan must understand that gaining independence will only lead to difficulties.


 He said relations with Taiwan are an internal matter of China. We will not tolerate any kind of foreign interference. Beijing has the right to take all necessary measures against external forces that support the separatist activities of the Taiwanese people. 

Taiwan considers itself independent, but Beijing considers it its own province, which was separated from the country.

Movement of US ships in the China Sea

The U.S. military says two of its ships have crossed the Taiwan Sea.

According to Reuters on Wednesday, the US strategy of passing through sensitive waters could further escalate the recent tensions with China.

Taiwan is also a source of tension in Sino-US relations and trade disputes between the two countries.

It should be noted that Chinese forces are increasing their presence in the South China Sea along with Taiwan, while the US Navy also sometimes moves freely in the region.

According to Reuters, the passage of US Navy ships will be seen by the Taiwanese government as an aid to the Trump administration at a time when tensions are rising with Beijing.

A U.S. military spokesman told Reuters that one of the two ships passing through the Taiwan Sea was a Navy oil tanker.

A spokesman for the US Navy, Commander Clay Dos, said in a statement that the passage was a sign of the US commitment to open and free the Indo-Pacific.

According to Doss, the movement was completely safe and professional.

Taiwan's Defense Ministry says two US ships have sailed north of the sea. Taiwanese forces have seen the process and nothing unusual has happened.

There was no immediate reaction from China.

US warships pass through the Taiwan Sea on a monthly basis from the beginning of the new year. According to Reuters, the United States launched the mission in July last year, which came to a standstill.

According to Reuters, the United States and Taiwan do not have formal relations, but under the law they are obliged to help Taiwan in its defense.

Keep in mind that Taiwan buys all its weapons from the United States for its own defense.

China claims sovereignty over Taiwan in the region and continues to increase pressure on it. According to Beijing, Taiwan is part of the "One China" sacred region and can be seized by force if needed.

According to the Pentagon, Washington has sold 15 15 billion in arms to Taiwan since 2010.

It should be noted that in the recent past, Beijing had declared the passage of French warships across the Taiwan Sea illegal.

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