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U.S. Navy Rear Admiral on Surprise Visit to Taiwan, Reuters Says

  • Taiwan says it welcomed visit of ‘unidentified U.S. official’
  • Trump administration has increased exchanges with Taiwan
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A senior U.S. military officer who oversees intelligence gathering for the Indo-Pacific Command made an unannounced visit to Taiwan, Reuters reported, a move that risks further raising tensions between Washington and Beijing.

The visiting official was U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Michael Studeman, Reuters said, citing two unidentified sources. In a statement on Sunday, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said it welcomed the visit of an “unidentified U.S. official” but declined to give more details because the trip “has not been made public.”