More US lawmakers visit Taiwan 12 days after Pelosi trip

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – A delegation of US lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Sunday, just 12 days after a visit from US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that prompted China to launch days of impending military exercises around the self-governing island that Beijing says must come under its control.

The five-member delegation, led by Democratic Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen and other officials, as well as members of the private sector, to discuss shared interests, including easing tensions in the Taiwan Strait. and investments in semiconductors.

China responded to Pelosi’s visit on August 2 by sending missiles, warships and warplanes into the seas and skies around Taiwan for several days afterwards. The Chinese government has objected to Taiwan having official contact with foreign governments, especially with a high-ranking congressional leader like Pelosi.

A Taiwanese broadcaster showed video of a US government plane landing at Songshan Airport in Taipei, the Taiwanese capital, about 7 p.m. on Sunday. Four members of the delegation were on the plane.

Markey met South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol in South Korea earlier Sunday before arriving on a separate flight in Taiwan at Taoyuan International Airport, which also serves Taipei. Markey, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity, and members of the delegation will reaffirm the United States’ support for Taiwan.

The other members of the delegation are Republican Representative Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen, a delegate from American Samoa, and Democratic House Members John Garamendi and Alan Lowenthal of California and Don Beyer of Virginia.

Chinese warplanes have continued to cross the center of the Taiwan Strait on a daily basis, even after military exercises ended last Wednesday, with at least 10 doing so on Sunday, Taiwan’s defense ministry said.

The 10 fighter jets were among 22 Chinese military aircraft and six naval vessels in the Taiwan area at 5 p.m. on Sunday. the ministry said: on his Twitter account.

A senior White House official on Asia policy said late last week that China had used Pelosi’s visit as a pretext to launch a more intense pressure campaign against Taiwan, bringing peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and the wider region was endangered.

“China has overreacted and its actions remain provocative, destabilizing and unprecedented,” Kurt Campbell, a deputy aide to President Joe Biden, said during a phone call with reporters.

“It has sought to ignore the centerline between the PRC and Taiwan, which has been respected by both sides for more than 60 years as a stabilizing feature,” he said, using the acronym for the country’s full name, the People’s Republic of China. .

China accuses the US of encouraging independence troops in Taiwan by selling military equipment to the island and engaging with its officials. The US says it does not support Taiwan’s independence, but that differences with China must be resolved through peaceful means.

The ruling Communist Party of China has long said it favors Taiwan’s peaceful accession to China, but will not rule out violence If necessary. The two split in 1949 during a civil war in which the communists took control of China and the losing nationalists retreated to the island of Taiwan.

Speaking Friday, Campbell said the US would send warships and planes across the Taiwan Strait in the coming weeks and is working on a roadmap for trade talks with Taiwan, which the US says the US will announce in the coming days.

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Moritsugu reported from Beijing.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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