US to send unofficial delegation to Taiwan as new president takes office

The administration of US President Joe Biden has announced it will send an unofficial bipartisan delegation to the inauguration ceremony of incoming Taiwan President Lai Ching-te on Monday.

The administration said the delegation will include Brian Deese, who served as director of the National Economic Council until last year, Richard Armitage, a former deputy secretary of state under President George W. Bush, and Laura Rosenberger, chair of the American Institute in Taiwan.

It also said the delegation will arrive in Taipei this weekend, and will meet with a range of leading figures during their visit.

A senior official told reporters that Washington has sent delegations comprised of former government officials to Taipei for over 20 years after elections and for inaugurations.

The official added that it is "in keeping with our one China policy, consistent with the status quo and a long standing precedent to do so."

The official also said, "Beijing will be the provocateur should it choose to respond with additional military pressure or coercion."