Reuters MIKE SEGAR
The US State Department announced the cancellation of the visit of the US representative to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, to Taiwan, which was scheduled to last from Wednesday to Friday.
And US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo justified the cancellation of all foreign trips in the department, including his trip to Europe this week, due to the transfer of power to the administration of the new president, Joe Biden.
Commenting on the cancellation of Kraft’s visit to Taiwan, the Foreign Ministry said to this island, which China considers part of its territory, that it understands and respects Washington’s decision to cancel the visit, adding that it welcomes any visit by Kraft to Taiwan at an appropriate time in the future.
The Chinese reactions to the scheduled visit were angry, as the Chinese Foreign Ministry called on the United States to “give up the crazy and irrational behavior of some people.”
It is noteworthy that the island of Taiwan has been run by an independent government from China since the end of the Chinese Civil War in the 1940s, in which the Communists won and took control of all the country’s territory except for the island, but Beijing still considers it part of its territory.
US President Donald Trump’s administration’s efforts to strengthen ties between Washington and Taiwan have resulted in an increase in tensions with China.