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Friday, 02 December 2022 11:44 GMT

Harris: US will improve Taiwan's " unofficial ties’"


(MENAFN) Despite China's adamant resistance, the United States administration plans to strengthen its "unofficial" connections with Taiwan, Vice President Kamala Harris claimed on Wednesday. Additionally, she criticized Beijing for engaging in "aggressive behavior" in the Asia-Pacific area.

In a speech to US soldiers on board a United States warship in Japan, Harris attacked China, charging that Beijing was "undermining key elements of international rules-based order”. China "has challenged the freedom of the seas and has flexed its military and economic might to coerce and intimidate its neighbors," she claimed.

In particular, Harris charged Beijing with staging a number of "provocations" in the Taiwan Strait, a region where the United States Navy frequently conducts patrols. The vice president also thinks Beijing exploited Nancy Pelosi's early August trip to Taipei "as a pretext for an unprecedented show of military force."

In this line, Harris hinted that the Biden administration anticipates "continued aggressive behavior from Beijing" despite the heightened tensions in the region, in what she called a Chinese effort to "undermine the status quo."

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