US congressional delegation arrives in Taiwan

Lawmakers visit island amid historic tensions with China

A US congressional delegation landed in Taiwan on Sunday for a two-day visit. The lawmakers’ arrival comes less than two weeks after another visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sparked a surge in military activity in the Taiwan Strait and plunged relations between Washington and Beijing.

The visit to Taipei was announced by the Institute of American Studies in Taiwan, which serves as the autonomous island’s de facto US embassy. Democratic Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey is leading the group, according to the Institute. Democratic Rep. John Garamendi (California), Alan Lowenthal (California), and Don Beyer (Virginia) accompanied Marquee to Congressman Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen, Republican Rep. of American Samoa. Lawmakers are also on board.

the delegation is “We will meet with senior Taiwanese leaders to discuss U.S.-Taiwan relations, regional security, trade and investment, global supply chains, climate change, and other important issues of mutual interest.” Institute said.

The United States officially recognizes but does not support China’s sovereignty over Taiwan, a position referred to as the “One China” policy. US lawmakers and government officials regularly visit the island, but the Chinese government sees visits by US officials as tacit support for Taiwan’s independence.

Such was the case when Pelosi traveled to Taiwan earlier this month. Beijing, who is second in line to the presidency, recognized a visit by a member of the same party as President Joe Biden as a violation of his One China Principle by Washington’s supreme power. .

The visit was described by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as follows: “Complete Farce” Mr Wang added: “Those who offend China will be punished.”

China responds to Pelosi’s visit “Unprecedented” Military exercises in the Taiwan Strait and the severing of trade ties with Taipei. Beijing has also imposed sanctions on Pelosi’s family and severed diplomatic ties with the United States in a number of key areas, including climate change, maritime security and other military sectors.

China declared it was on Saturday “Successfully completed” that military exercises, but will continue “Military training and preparation” to protect its “national sovereignty and territorial integrity.” The exercise ended shortly after the Chinese government released a white paper stating that it would strive for peaceful reunification with Taiwan but would not renounce the use of force to achieve this goal if necessary.

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As Marquee’s delegation arrived in Taipei, Chinese fighters, bombers and airborne early warning aircraft departed for Thailand for joint exercises with the Thai Air Force.

Meanwhile, the United States is conducting joint exercises with Australian, Japanese and Singaporean forces in Indonesia, and the Pentagon announced last week that the U.S. Navy will conduct “air and sea transit” through the Taiwan Strait in the coming weeks. did. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group will continue to be stationed in the area. US congressional delegation arrives in Taiwan

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