A US delegation arrives in Taiwan.

Taiwan-(Berberanews)-In the middle of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a group of former senior US defense and security officials led by President Joe Biden landed in Taipei.

The visit on Tuesday, led by Mike Mullen, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, comes as Taiwan has raised its alert level, afraid of China exploiting a distracted world to strike against it.

Su Tseng-chang, Taiwan’s premier, told reporters earlier on Tuesday that the trip demonstrated “the importance of both the Taiwan-US relationship and Taiwan’s position,” as well as the United States’ unwavering support for the island.

He went on to say, “It’s a very good thing.”

China, which has condemned the visit, claims the democratically run island as its own and has promised to take control of it, if necessary by force.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, which is now in its sixth day, has renewed focus on China’s threat to use force to annex self-governing democratic Taiwan, which it claims as its own.