US congressional delegation reached Taiwan on Wednesday amid tensions
US Congressional delegation in Taipei to meet Taiwanese officials
Delegation scheduled to meet Taiwan President Tsai Ing Wen on Thursday
Taipei. Tensions between China and Taiwan have been simmering since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei last month. Tensions also persist over China’s claims to the self-governing island. Meanwhile, a delegation of the US Congress has also reached Taiwan on Wednesday. China has intensified military drills against Taiwan since Pelosi’s visit in early August. China is sending warships, warplanes and even drones to Taiwan every day.
According to the AP, a US congressional delegation has arrived here to meet with Taiwanese officials after Pelosi’s visit. The eight-member bi-party delegation is scheduled to meet Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen on Thursday. The delegation is being led by Democrat Stephanie Murphy. Murphy is among lawmakers who have introduced a bill in the US Congress that would allow the US to lend arms to support Taiwan. This is similar to the bill that was passed to lend arms to Ukraine.
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The delegation includes Hawaii Democrat Kaylee Kahle and Florida Republican Scott Franklin, South Carolina’s Joe Wilson, Kentucky’s Andy Barr, California’s Darrell Issa, New York’s Claudia Tenney and Florida’s Kat Camack. Significantly, Pelosi was the highest level member of the US government to visit Taiwan in 25 years. China responded by conducting extended military exercises, which included firing missiles and sending ships across the Taiwan Strait. The Taiwan Strait was a buffer zone between the two sides for a long time.
It is known that China sees foreign diplomats visiting Taiwan as interference in its affairs and against Taiwan’s sovereignty. China’s recent military drills are seen by some as a rehearsal for future military action against Taiwan.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : September 08, 2022, 09:34 IST