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US appoints a new representative to Taiwan as the self-governing island faces China’s intimidation

US appoints a new representative to Taiwan as the self-governing island faces China’s intimidation
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The United States has appointed a new representative to Taiwan, as China boosts its threats against the self-ruled island following the election of a new president who wants t…

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US Appoints New Representative to Taiwan Amid China Threats

The United States has named a new representative to Taiwan as China increases its threats against the island following the election of a new president who wants to maintain its de-facto independence. China claims Taiwan as its own territory and has staged naval and air force drills this week that surrounded the island in a simulated blockade. The American Institute in Taiwan announced that veteran diplomat Raymond Greene will take over from Sandra Oudkirk beginning in the summer of 2024. Despite the absence of formal relations with Taiwan, the U.S. is the island’s strongest ally and is obligated to help Taiwan protect itself from invasion. Taiwan President Lai Ching-te, who took office on May 20, urged Beijing to stop its military intimidation and emphasized that Taiwan is a sovereign independent nation. Greene's appointment comes as a bipartisan delegation led by Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Sen. Dan Sullivan visited Taiwan, showing strong support for the island.

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