The president of taiwan Tsai Ing-wen has received Monday, the u.s. secretary of Health, Alex Azar, arrived yesterday on the island for a tour without precedent for more than 40 years and which has been condemned by Beijing.
Mr. Azar is the head of the us highest-ranking to go to Taiwan since 1979, the year when the United States had broken their diplomatic relations with Taipei, the capital of the island, in order to recognize the communist government based in Beijing as the sole representative of China.
They remain, however, with a certain ambiguity, an ally to the most powerful of the island territory and its main arms supplier.
The three-day visit by Mr Azar occurs in a context of growing tensions between Washington and Beijing, which oppose on a whole bunch of topics, folder, hong kong to the business issues, through the responsibilities in the pandemic of sars coronavirus.
On Monday, the health secretary met Ms. Tsai, black beast of China, who accused him of seeking formal independence for the island of 23 million people.
“The reaction of Taiwan to the Covid-19 has been among those who have been the most efficient in the world, and this reflects the open nature, open, democratic society and culture of Taiwan,” said Mr. Azar, the president of taiwan during their interview.
Ms. Tsai thanked the United States for having supported its efforts to ensure that Taiwan be admitted as an observer to the world health Organization (WHO), while Beijing has obtained to exclude Taiwan from the un agency.
“Political considerations should never take precedence over the health rights,” said Ms Tsai, deeming it “highly regrettable” the refusal of Beijing to let Taiwan be admitted to the WHO.
The people’s Republic of China considers Taiwan as one of its provinces. The island is governed by a regime opponent, who was a refugee after the seizure of power of the communists on the mainland in 1949, at the end of the chinese civil war.
Taiwan is not recognized as an independent State by the UN. And Beijing’s threat to use force in the event of a formal proclamation of independence by Taipei or foreign intervention – particularly from Washington.
A few days ago, the chinese government has introduced the visit of Mr. Azar as a threat to “peace and stability”.
The head of the us swept Monday these criticisms. “The message of the american government that I wear is to reaffirm the partnership deep that unites the United States and Taiwan in terms of security, trade, health and our shared values of democracy, freedom and economic freedom,” he told reporters before meeting the president.
Less than 500 cases in Taiwan
Mr. Azar had been critical of China’s behavior in the face of a pandemic that appeared on its soil, and on that of the WHO. A position that he again held on Monday. Taiwan “has known from the beginning (…) that he was not to trust to the statements from there (editor’s note: Beijing) and the validations made by the world health Organization”, he said.
Mr. Azar will also meet with his counterpart, Chen Shih-chung and the minister to the taiwanese foreign Affairs, Joseph Wu.
Taiwan is one of the areas that has best managed the crisis of the sars coronavirus. In spite of its geographical proximity and trade with the mainland of which is part of the epidemic, Taiwan has registered less than 500 cases of the coronavirus and only seven deaths.
The United States, for their part, are the countries where the disease has made the most of the dead, more than 160 000 deaths.
And critics of the american president Donald Trump accuse to harden the tone against Beijing for its better to forget the transgressions of his administration in the fight against the Covid-19, to three months of the presidential election.
To Douglas Paal, who headed the american Institute in Taiwan during the presidency of George W. Bush, the administration Trump is aware of the risks of climbing on the question of Taiwan, one of the most sensitive to the leadership of the chinese communist Party. It did not cross the red line of Beijing: a visit to Taipei of u.s. officials in charge of national security issues.
In the 1990s, american officials, foreign Trade, visited several times to Taiwan, ” he recalls. The difference this time, this is the context: Mr. Azar goes to Taipei at a time when relations with China are at their worst.
“Send it to Taiwan shows that one respects the system, while defying China,” said Mr. Paal. “The fact that they did not chose a national Security adviser or somebody like that shows they are trying to get as close as possible to the red line of the chinese, but they do not want the cross”.