Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen attends a ceremony about the production of domestic-made submarines at a CSBC shipyard in Kaohsiung on Nov. 24. (Photo: Sam Yeh/AFP)
Taiwan, a bastion of Western liberal democracy and Chinese too, is abuzz with diplomatic activity these days.
After the high-profile visits of US leaders, last week Taipei was an unstinting host to a two-star admiral who oversees US military intelligence in the Asia-Pacific region.
Neither Taiwan nor the United States officially confirmed the trip, reported Reuters on Nov. 23. Rear Adm. Michael Studemen, director of intelligence for Indo-Pacific Command, arrived in Taiwan on Nov. 22, according to reports. The Pentagon refused to comment.
An angry China did not mince words and warned against any military cooperation between Taipei and Washington.