On November 10, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that US Undersecretary of State Keith Krach will conduct the economic prosperity partnership dialogue with Taiwan on November 20.
Pompeo praised Taiwan as “a vibrant democracy and a reliable partner,” adding the dialogue signifies that “our economic relationship... is strong and growing,” Sputnik reported.
Taiwan considers itself to be an independent nation and claims to be the legitimate representative of China. Currently, only 14 out of the 193 United Nations member states recognize the island nation as a state. Beijing has repeatedly said that Taiwan is “an inseparable part of its territory.”
While Washington does not officially recognize Taiwan as an independent state entity, sticking rather to the "One China" policy, it has actually kept informal relations with the island, including arms supplies, after breaking off diplomatic relations with it in 1979.