On Tuesday (August 8), a careful netizen discovered that the emblem of the US Embassy in China on Weibo, WeChat and Twitter had been changed. The new emblem had removed the word China, leaving only Beijing.

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In the past few months, tensions between China and the United States have escalated over China's handling of the coronavirus outbreak, Hong Kong issues, and human rights issues. Earlier, the United States closed the Chinese Consulate General in Houston. In response, China ordered the closure of the US Consulate General in Chengdu.

Recently, the United States has frequently extended an olive branch to Taiwan, and it is rare for senior US officials to send congratulatory messages when Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen takes office. Last Sunday, US Secretary of Health Alex Azar visited Taiwan, the highest-level US official to visit Taiwan in 40 years.

As Sino-US relations deteriorate, the Trump administration has made strengthening support for Taiwan a priority and has increased arms sales to Taiwan.

Azhar told Tsai Ing-wen at the presidential palace: "It is an honor to be here to convey President Trump's strong support and friendship for Taiwan."

Washington broke off official relations with Taipei in 1979 and turned to support Beijing.

Taiwan is particularly grateful for the support of the United States, allowing it to participate in the World Health Organization's decision-making body, the World Health Assembly (WHA), and allowing it to enter the organization more.

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Wu Zhaoxie said on the 11th that Taiwan is fortunate to have good friends like the United States. He praised Washington for always supporting Taiwan in every struggle for international space.

Taiwan did not join the World Health Organization because of China’s opposition. China considers Taiwan to be a province of China.

"I want to reiterate that political considerations should not override the right to health. The decision to ban Taiwan from participating in the World Health Assembly is an infringement of the right to health for all."

Azar later told reporters that under Trump's instructions, he and Secretary of State Pompeo had sought to restore Taiwan's status as an observer to the World Health Assembly.

Taiwan said that a Chinese Air Force fighter jet briefly flew over the center line of the Taiwan Strait on Monday and was tracked by Taiwan missiles.

The Taiwan Air Force stated that shortly before Azar met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, China had promised to retaliate unspecified for the visit. At about 9 o'clock in the morning, China sent J-11 and J-10 fighter jets to the Taiwan side for a short time. This sensitive and narrow strait separated Taiwan from mainland China.

The Taiwan Air Force stated in a statement issued by the Ministry of National Defense that the aircraft was tracked by Taiwan's land-based air defense missiles and was "ejected" by patrolling Taiwan aircraft.

A senior Taiwan official familiar with the government’s security plan told Reuters that, given that the Chinese fighter plane was within the range of Taiwan’s missiles, China apparently “targeted” Azar’s visit and took “very dangerous” actions.

This is the third time since 2016 that Taiwan has stated that a Chinese fighter plane has crossed the middle of the strait.