Admiral Philip Davidson, former commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, arrived in Taiwan by plane from Japan on the 30th. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that he is expected to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen, National Security Council Secretary-General Wellington Koo, and other Taiwanese political and military figures.
Hsu Yu-tien, Director General, Dept. of North American Affairs, MOFA: “The National Bureau of Asian Research delegation is visiting Taiwan from Jan. 30 to Feb. 4 of this year at the invitation of our government. During their visit to Taiwan, they will also meet with President Tsai and attend a Ministry of Foreign Affairs banquet as the guest of our Minister. Additionally, the delegation will also meet with National Security Council Secretary-General Wellington Koo, the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Mainland Affairs Council, the Institute for National Defense and Security Research, and the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy.”
Davidson's visit to Japan was low-key. According to an exclusive interview published by Kyodo News, Davidson still believes that China will try to invade Taiwan before 2027. He cites Xi Jinping's speech at the 20th National Congress about not giving up the unification of Taiwan by force as an example. He believes his assessment from the previous year is correct.