U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, second left, waves to media as he arrives at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday in the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979.Chiang Ying-ying/AP

A senior member of US President Donald Trump’s administration landed in Taiwan on Sunday, the highest-level US visit to the island since Washington switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing in 1979.

A delegation led by health chief Alex Azar landed at Taipei’s Songshan airport, according to AFP reporters on the scene.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, center, talks with Taiwanese Deputy Foreign Minister Tien Chung-kwang as he arrives at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday in the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979.Chiang Ying-ying/AP

A plane carrying U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar lands at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday in the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979.Chiang Ying-ying/AP

Officials of U.S. Health and Human Services arrive at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday in the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979.Chiang Ying-ying/AP


U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, center, arrives at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday in the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979.Chiang Ying-ying/AP

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, second left, greets Taiwanese officers as he arrives at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday in the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979.Chiang Ying-ying/AP

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, second left, waves to media as he arrives at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday in the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979.Chiang Ying-ying/AP

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar arrives at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday in the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979.Chiang Ying-ying/AP

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