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The group, led by senator Alain Richard, will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwanese economic and health officials and the Mainland Affairs Council. Richard, a former French defense minister, previously visited Taiwan in 2015 and 2018, according to Taiwan's semi-official Central News Agency, and heads the Taiwan Friendship group in the French Senate.
The visit is part of normal and regular parliamentary exchanges between France and Taiwan, which were not politicized in the past, said Mathieu Duchatel, director of the Asia Program at the Institut Montaigne in Paris.
China [sic; s/b CCP] and Taiwan [sic; s/b KMT] split amid civil war in 1949. Today they have extensive trade and investment ties but no official relations, and China has increasingly mobilized military, diplomatic and economic pressure to undermine Tsai's independence-leaning administration.
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"Stipulates that withdrawal of diplomatic recognition of the Government on Taiwan shall not affect ..."
"... shall make available to Taiwan such defense articles and defense services in such quantity as may be necessary to enable Taiwan to maintain a sufficient self-defense capacity ..."
"... license for nuclear exports to the people on Taiwan ..."
Thus after the surrender of Saigon and South Vietnam to the Communist People's Republic of Hanoi, the United States national security interest was limited to "western Pacific". Globalization provided the stimulus not to overlook SE Asia and extend the Pacific fleet and command to the Indo-Pacific. So we didn't lose Vietnam after all ... victory was a matter of a few decades. The CCP of China be forewarned. 😂 🇨🇳
Although the great efforts by Kissinger and Nixon, the United States was no match for Communist China of Chairman Mao Zedong ...
Four days after receiving the invitation the 15-member team crossed into mainland China from Hong Kong. The team members were photographed in front of the Great Wall, made it on the cover of Time, but were thoroughly demolished in every game they played.
A smart US President would invite a Chinese baseball team to thaw hostile relations and beat the crap out of them in seven innings.
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