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U.S., Taiwan: American Military and FBI Delegation Begins 5-Day Visit

1 MIN READJun 7, 2019 | 21:00 GMT

What Happened: More than 100 personnel with the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and members of the FBI arrived in Taiwan on June 7 for a five-day visit that will include a two-day, closed-door seminar early next week, Taiwanese media reported.

Why It Matters: China considers Taiwan a breakaway province and any sign of increased U.S. support for Taiwan will further test deteriorating relations between China and the United States. News of the delegation's visit also follows reports this week that the United States is moving forward with a proposed $2 billion arms sale to Taiwan. In addition, the visit coincides with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's presidential primary and could bolster support for President Tsai Ing-wen's reelection bid.

Background: China has expressed "serious concern" about the proposed U.S. arms sale. The Trump administration also has tacitly approved the sale of 66 advanced F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan; a final decision is expected in July.

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