US envoy leading second recent high-level visit to Taiwan

Taipei: A senior US State Department official is due to arrive in Taiwan on Thursday afternoon to begin a three-day visit that has already drawn a warning from China.

US Undersecretary of State Keith Krach is due to meet Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and other senior officials, the island’s foreign ministry said on Thursday. Krach is the highest-level official from the State Department to visit the island in decades.

Taiwan's flag stands at the National Palace Museum in Taipei.

Taiwan’s flag stands at the National Palace Museum in Taipei.Credit:Bloomberg

His visit follows the high-profile visit in August of US Health Secretary Alex Azar, who was the highest-level US Cabinet official to visit since a break in formal ties between the US and Taiwanese government in 1979, when the US accepted the “one-China policy” with Beijing as its government.

However, the US has maintained unofficial ties with Taiwan since the official diplomatic break and is the island’s most important ally and provider of defence equipment.