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Taiwan to welcome head of US environment agency

China furious over 3rd visit by top American official amid escalating tensions

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler will visit Taiwan to address the "Save our Seas" initiative and other issues, according to media reports quoting his spokesperson.   © Reuters

TAIPEI (Reuters) -- The Cabinet-level head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, will visit Taiwan, the island's premier said on Friday, in what will be the third visit by a senior U.S. official since August.

China, which claims democratically-run Taiwan as its own territory, reacted with fury when the U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar came to Taipei in August, followed by U.S. Undersecretary of State Keith Krach in September, sending fighter jets near the island each time.

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