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TAIPEI, Nov 20 (Reuters) – The Cupboard-level head of the U.S. Environmental Safety Company will go to Taiwan, the island’s premier mentioned on Friday, in what would be the third go to by a senior U.S. official since August.
China, which claims democratically-run Taiwan as its personal territory, reacted with fury when the U.S. Well being Secretary Alex Azar got here to Taipei in August, adopted by U.S. Undersecretary of State Keith Krach in September, sending fighter jets close to the island every time.
The Trump administration has ramped up assist for Taiwan, together with with new arms gross sales, alarming China.
Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang instructed reporters Taiwan-U.S. interactions had been rising.
“On the invitation of Overseas Minister Joseph Wu, the top of the U.S. Environmental Safety Company will come to Taiwan, to have bilateral discussions on worldwide cooperation on environmental safety points,” Su mentioned, referring to Andrew Wheeler.
The journey will “be additional useful to the connection between the 2 nations”, Su added.
The EPA didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. The New York Instances reported that Wheeler’s three-day journey was scheduled for the week of Dec. 5.
The paper quoted James Hewitt, a spokesman for Wheeler, as saying the company was nonetheless working via logistics however that Wheeler was invited to Taiwan “to collaborate on points together with the Save our Seas initiative and marine litter, air high quality, and youngsters’s well being”.
Former President Barack Obama’s then-EPA chief Gina McCarthy visited Taiwan in 2014.
(Reporting by Jeanny Kao and Yimou Lee; Further reporting by David Brunnstrom in Washington; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Enhancing by Christian Schmollinger and Lincoln Feast.)
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