October 3, 2022

US Congressmen arrive in Taiwan amid tensions in China

TAIPEI/WASHINGTON, Aug 14 (Reuters) – A delegation of U.S. lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for a two-day visit to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen, the second high-level delegation to visit the country amid military tensions. Between Swarajya Island and China.

Beijing, which claims it democratically rules Taiwan as its own territory, staged military drills across the island in early August to show its anger over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei.

The four House lawmakers were accompanied as part of a larger visit to the Indo-Pacific region led by Senator Ed Markey, the de facto US ambassador in Taipei.

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Taiwan’s presidential office said the team would meet with Tsai on Monday morning.

“Markey is leading a delegation that will once again demonstrate the US Congress’ firm support for Taiwan, especially at a time when China is raising tensions through military exercises in the Taiwan Strait and in the region,” it said in a statement.

Markey chairs the Senate Foreign Relations East Asia, Pacific and International Cybersecurity Subcommittee. The visit was co-chaired by Representative John Karamendi and Representative Don Beyer of the Congressional Task Force on Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control.

Lawmakers will “reaffirm the United States’ support for Taiwan as guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the U.S.-China Joint Statement and the Six Commitments, and promote stability and peace across the Taiwan Strait,” Markey’s office said.

“The team will meet with elected leaders and members of the private sector to discuss shared interests, including reducing tensions across the Taiwan Strait and expanding economic cooperation, including investments in semiconductors,” Markey’s office said.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released pictures of four crew members arriving aboard a US Air Force transport jet at Taipei’s downtown Changshan Airport, while Marki arrived at Taiyuan International Airport.

“They will meet with senior Taiwanese leaders to discuss US-Taiwan relations, regional security, trade and investment, global supply chains, climate change and other significant issues of mutual interest,” the US embassy said.

While China’s exercises around Taiwan have decreased, it is still conducting military operations.

Eleven Chinese military aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait and entered Taiwan’s air defense zone on Sunday, Taiwan’s defense ministry said. Read More Thirteen flights crossed the strait on Saturday, the ministry said. read more

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Reporting by Ben Blanchard and David Shepherdson in Washington, Shanghai Newsroom; Editing: Kirsten Donovan, Nick McPhee and Grant McCool

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