TAIBI (Reuters) – The US ambassador to the Netherlands received a Taiwanese representative at the US embassy during the minister’s first announced visit to a US government office since the lifting of trade sanctions.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the change on Saturday, removing restrictions on meetings with Taiwanese officials in the final days of the Trump administration before Democrat Joe Biden takes office on January 20.
China condemned the move, saying no one could prevent China’s “reunification”. Beijing considers the Democratic Island as its own territory, with no rights to state relations.
U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoxstra met with the country’s Taiwanese envoy, Chen Hesing-cheng, at the embassy on Monday.
He wrote, including photos in the embassy building, “They made some history today: Welcome to our embassy in Taiwan.
“We are delighted that our State Dept colleagues around the world can now welcome our friends from this vibrant democracy to our embassy grounds.”
“This is the first time in my diplomatic career,” Sen said, tweeting that he was “very happy and proud” to visit the embassy.
The United States, like most countries, does not have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, and previous contacts between officials on both sides are limited to informal locations such as hotels.
China is angry over the intense US support for Taiwan under the Trump administration, arms sales and the visit of senior US officials to Taipei.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Croft will arrive in Taiwan on Wednesday for a three-day visit, which has angered Beijing as well.
(Produced by Ben Blanchard. Edited by Jerry Doyle)
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