He will also meet coronavirus experts and give a speech to public health students as well as alumni of a training program with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The United States, which has had more coronavirus cases and deaths than any other country, has repeatedly clashed with China over the pandemic, accusing Beijing of lacking transparency.
"(Taiwan) knew very early on.to not trust some of the assertions coming out of there (Beijing) or validation from the World Health Organization", he said. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that the trip would solidify efforts to "steadily enhance such cooperative partnership on a global level so as to safeguard the shared values of democracy, freedom and human rights".
But the US does not seem inclined to back off. The country has more dead and more cases than any nation in the world.
Gerrit van der Wees, a former Dutch diplomat who teaches the history of Taiwan at George Mason University, said that Trump had initially seemed hesitant, delaying the plane sale as he sought a trade pact with China. The U.S. contributes more than $400 million a year to the WHO's budget.
"Beijing opposes all interactions between officials from the US and Taiwan, so it is obviously irritated", said Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia and director of the China Power Project at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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Azar is the highest-level USA official to visit the island in four decades. Because it is an global rule. When asked whether the move was a protest to Azar's visit, Zhao declined to make a comment.
The U.S. says Huawei is beholden to China's ruling Communist Party and threatens to compromise personal data and the integrity of the information systems in the companies in which it operates.
Taiwan is, to all intents and purposes, an independent state, but China regards it as a breakaway province.
"Political considerations should never take precedence over the rights to health", she said.
A two-year-old tariff war has buttressed USA actions targeting Chinese institutions and officials. The Trump administration has increasingly played fast and loose with those guidelines of late, however, as the U.S.' relationship with China deteriorates, especially in light of the pandemic.
But Washington has billed Azar's visit as the highest level trip made by a senior administration official since the diplomatic switch.
The call signified a reinforcement of U.S. -Taiwan relations. The U.S. had pushed for an invitation for Taipei to attend the body's annual meeting in May, but this was blocked by Chinese opposition. "But there is the worry - and it is one Taiwan needs to consider as well - that the China threat is constantly there".
That was seized upon by President Trump in April, in a tweet criticising the WHO. The administration claims the popular phone apps' invasive data collection threaten Americans' privacy and national security. That's just a hegemonic practice. "The U.S.is using national security as an excuse and using state power to oppress non-American businesses. China is firmly opposed to that", he said, according to a report by Fox Business news.