US sends top-level diplomat to Taiwan, defying China

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Late Taiwan President Lee Dong Quai despite warnings from Beijing. NPR's John Rule, which reports Keith Crock, the undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and environment, will be the second senior U. S official to visit Taiwan since early August. Beijing considers Taiwan a part of China and its vowed to unite the self ruled island democracy with the mainland by force, if necessary. China's government was irate when health and human services head Alex Cesar visited Taiwan in August. He was the highest drinking U S official to visit Taiwan since Washington and Taipei cut formal ties in 1979. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman this week called on the United States to stop official exchanges with Taiwan to avoid quote serious damage to China U. S relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. John Druitt. NPR NEWS The Justice Department is charging five Chinese nationals with a wide ranging hacking scheme targeting more

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