İrem UZUN -TDO- Taiwan and the United States have held their first high-level meetings under a new economic dialogue, inking a five-year agreement and pledging future cooperation on health, tech, and security. They were led by Taiwan’s deputy minister of economic affairs, Chen Chern-chyi, and U.S. undersecretary of state, Keith Krach, with the stated aim of building on historic ties and “shared democratic values”. The parties established working groups on global health security, science and technology, 5G and telecommunications security, supply chains, women’s economic empowerment, infrastructure cooperation, and investment.
Last week, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin had warned that the U.S.-Taiwan partnership risks damaging its relations with Washington. He advised the US against "sending misleading signals to the Taiwan separatist forces". Taiwan also announced that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Andrew Wheeler would visit Taipei in December, marking the third such high-level U.S. official visit since August. In retaliation to U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar's historic visit to Taiwan in September, China had deployed fighter jets that briefly crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait.