US State Dept official to visit Taiwan for de facto embassy unveiling

China Sets ‘Red Line’ for U.S. Ceremony in Taiwan

The US government's US$255 million investment in the new American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) compound is a symbol of its commitment to Taiwan, US Representative Gregg Harper, who co-chairs the US Congressional Taiwan Caucus, said yesterday.

The American Institute in Taiwan is not an official embassy, but a non-profit institution established by the USA government to represent its interest since Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979 under the One China policy.

The US Assistant Secretary of State on Cultural Affairs, Marie Royce, will visit Taiwan's capital Taipei to attend a ceremony opening a new building housing the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), widely acknowledged as the de facto American embassy to Taiwan.

Also in attendance were Rep. Gregg Harper and Marie Royce, the USA assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs.

"The new office complex is a symbol of the strength and vibrancy of the U.S. -Taiwan partnership in the 21st century", said Royce, emphasizing that Taiwan was her first overseas visit since she took office in March.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen tours the new AIT complex with AIT director Kin Moy.

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The act, which encourages visits between United States and Taiwanese officials "at all levels", was signed into law on March 16.

Taiwan governs itself democratically, but China considers the island nation an integral part of its territory, and relations remain strained. The US switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing in 1979 but maintains close economic, political and security ties with Taiwan.

Apart from keeping to a schedule suggested by fengshui experts hired by the AIT, its employees and staff, led by Moy and his wife, were holding incense and praying for good luck behind a table placed with fruit and flowers as offerings to the gods before the ceremony - a common practice for businesses in Taiwan on special occasions. "The great story of Taiwan-U.S. relations remains to be filled with the efforts of those that will one day occupy this building".

Beijing has also increased the frequency of military exercises in the last few months, including deploying its own aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, in the Taiwan Strait.

Meanwhile, the Beijing-based Global Times noted on the weekend that China had to be prepared for a crisis in the Taiwan Strait, following the conclusion of the island's annual anti-Chinese invasion drill, as well as a Reuters report that Washington could be considering sending a US Navy vessel through the strait.

"The mainland must continue to build up its deterrence against Taiwanese authorities, making them know that the U.S. can not be their savior", it said in an editorial on the opening of the new office.

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