The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Kelly Craft, will visit Taiwan next week for meetings with senior Taiwanese government leaders, the U.S. mission to the U.N. and Taipei said Thursday.
The announcement drew ire from China, which accused the U.S. of “playing with fire” through the diplomatic trip.
Ambassador Craft will visit the nation of Taiwan from January 13 to 15, the U.S. mission to the United Nations said in a statement on Thursday, according to Reuters.
“During her trip, the Ambassador will reinforce the U.S. government’s strong and ongoing support for Taiwan’s international space in accord with the U.S. one-China policy that is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the three U.S.-PRC joint communiques, and the Six Assurances to Taiwan,” the statement read.
Taiwan is a democratically-ruled state that China considers a breakaway territory. Beijing has vowed to retake control of the island, located off China’s southeastern coast, by force, if necessary.