Despite warnings from the Chinese government, Taiwan Vice President William Lai traveled to Paraguay on Saturday. He looks forward to meeting up with American friends during a stopover in New York. Lai wrote this on X, an online platform formerly known as Twitter. He did not provide further details about his stay in the US before his departure.
As with previous stops by high-ranking Taiwanese politicians in the United States, Beijing again expressed its displeasure. There was talk of a provocation.
The Communist leadership in Beijing regards the democratic island state of Taiwan as part of the People’s Republic of China and is threatening to take it over. China tries to isolate Taiwan internationally and strictly denies official contacts with Taiwan by other countries. Like most countries in the world, Taiwan does not have a US embassy. However, there are many informal contacts that anger Beijing.
South American Paraguay is one of 14 countries that still maintain official diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
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