U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday, making him the highest-level American Cabinet official to visit the island since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979. That break was a concession to China, which claims Taiwan as a territory, so, unsurprisingly, Beijing quickly condemned Azar's visit, which The Financial Times called a sign of a "strategic shift" in U.S. diplomacy. Azar is set to meet with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and health officials during the three-day trip during which they're expected to the coronavirus pandemic. Taiwan, despite its proximity to China, where the virus originated, has recorded fewer than 500 coronavirus cases and only seven deaths since the pandemic began.

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