Although his visit is not considered official, Australia's top representative to Taiwan accompanied the former prime minister to formal engagements.
Despite the informal status of the trip, Mr. Abbott received statesman-like treatment, meeting President Tsai Ing-wen flanked by representatives on both sides and dining with Mr. Wu. The foreign minister described him as a "friend" and a "fair dinkum free-trader" about Mr. Abbott's support for Taiwan joining the regional trade pact known as the CPTPP.
There hasn't been any mention of Mr. Abbott's visit to Taiwan in China's state-controlled media. Nor have China's Foreign Ministry representatives been asked about it due to a public holiday at daily media briefings.
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