All national dailies wrote that former Defense Secretary Esper arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday and held talks with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. The papers wrote that Esper reportedly said that the democracies of the West face their greatest challenge in Asia and that China continues to challenge the rules-based international order and threaten freedom-loving peoples throughout the region. He reportedly added that Washington’s one-China policy has outlived its usefulness and it is time to depart from “strategic ambiguity” and discuss a new strategy. Tsai reportedly said in response that Taiwan will strengthen its cooperation with the United States and Europe to ensure peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.
In a related story, Nikkei wrote that the Financial Times reported on Monday that House Speaker Pelosi is planning to visit Taiwan in August.