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US Hosts Taiwan in Netherlands in First Visit Since Restrictions Lifted

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US Hosts Taiwan in Netherlands in First Visit Since Restrictions Lifted

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TAIPEI—The U.S. ambassador in the Netherlands has hosted Taiwan’s representative to the country at the U.S. embassy, in the first publicly announced visit to a U.S. government office since the secretary of state lifted restrictions on interactions. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the change on Saturday, which scraps curbs on meetings with Taiwan officials, in the waning days of the Republican Trump administration before Democrat Joe Biden assumes the presidency on Jan. 20. China condemned the move, saying nobody could prevent China’s “reunification.” Beijing views the self-governed democratic island as its own territory, and voices its opposition to Taiwan having state-to-state ties. The U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, said on Twitter that Taiwan’s representative to the country, Chen Hsing-hsing, had met with him at the embassy on Monday. “Made some history today: Welcomed Taiwan Representative Chen to our Embassy,” he wrote, including pictures of the two of them in the embassy building. …

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