Taiwan Official to Meet with US Diplomats Despite Chinese Warnings

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Following a landslide presidential victory for the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan, the party’s senior national security official is visiting the US.

Joseph Wu is making his way to the US to deliver a speech at a Washington D.C.-based think tank on Tuesday. The trip comes after the DPP won presidential and parliamentary elections on Saturday.

China, which still views Taiwan as a renegade province, warned China over its “hallucination” of independence in the wake of the election. Beijing still has not ruled out force as a means to bring the island nation back under its control.

The Global Times, a tabloid under the state-run People’s Daily, published a critical editorial of Taiwan on Monday.

It called on Taiwan to “consider the opinions of China’s 1.3 billion people as well as Taiwan’s own people when it came to relations across the Taiwan Strait.”

The editorial also read, “Trying to use chips like ‘Taiwan public opinion’ to guide cross-Strait relations is not only unrealistic, it is also dangerous. Tsai Ing-wen should not instill this illusion into Taiwan society.”

On Monday, DPP officials met with former US Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and Ray Burghardt, chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan. The AIT is the de-facto US embassy in Taipei.

Both expressed US support for continued “prosperity and growth” in Taiwan..

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