A US Congressional delegation has visited Taiwan, rejecting calls to cancel China’s visit amid rising geopolitical tensions on the self-ruled island.
Five members of the US House of Representatives arrived in Taiwan on Thursday for a meeting with government officials after celebrating America’s Thanksgiving holiday with American troops in South Korea. The visit, which marked the second visit to Taiwan this month by members of Congress, was billed as an attempt to discuss economic and security issues while reaffirming “American commitment” to Taiwan.
Representative Alyssa Slotkin (D-Michigan) said that when news of the latest trip came on Wednesday, his office received a “vague message” The Chinese embassy called on them to cancel the meetings in Taipei.
“We strongly urge that Congressmen immediately cancel the planned visit to Taiwan and not support and support the separatist forces of Taiwan’s independence, lest it jeopardize Sino-US relations and the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait.” cause heavy damage.” The embassy told Slotkin.
The congresswoman said she was looking forward to discussing supply-chain issues with Taiwan, noting that the island is home to Michigan’s largest supplier of microchips to automakers. The delegation included three other Democrats and one Republican.
Beijing treats Taiwan as a separate province. President Joe Biden confirmed in a lengthy telephone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week that Washington would continue to comply with the Taiwan Relations Act, which includes “One-China Policy”. But Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has said she is confident that the US will defend the island if it happens. “attacked” by China.
Clearly the Biden-Xi talks did little to quell the saber-rattling in the region. A US Navy destroyer sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday, despite China’s previous complaints that such moves are provocations. After US lawmakers last visited Taipei earlier this month, Beijing conducted military drills in the region, which Taiwanese officials said violated its airspace.
Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!