It’s the visit of those 3 senators (Duckworth is easy to spot as she uses a wheelchair, as well as the obsequious and reptilian movements of the FM).
Surprised they used a C-17 to transport them and not a “VC” aircraft.
This is actually a pretty genius move by the American side. For the first time under Biden I felt he lived up to the “America is back” slogan (discounting rejoining WHO and other organizations Trump exited).
1) Sending vaccines to Taiwan during a time of need generates a lot of good will from the island.
2) If China interferes in any way (militarily or even verbal complain) the action could be construed as bullying and interfering with vaccine deliveries to Taiwan.
3) They can do this via military cargo planes repeatedly until all vaccines are delivered.
4) Other US allies can pull this stunt too if there is muted response from China.
Also I can’t be the only one getting Berlin airlift vibes from this. The only difference being that the Tsai government, not China, has implemented the blockade this time.