Headline RoundupFebruary 23rd, 2024

China Condemns Bipartisan US Delegation Visiting Taiwan

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) led a five-member bipartisan delegation of U.S. lawmakers to visit Taiwan on Thursday, prompting condemnation from Beijing for “interference in Taiwan affairs.”

Key Quotes: “I’m confident regardless of how the presidential election goes, we will maintain our support not only for Taiwan but also a posture of internationalism and engagement,” said Gallagher, who leads the House select committee on China. Gallagher also said, “The United States, Democrats and Republicans, stands with Taiwan, for your freedom and for ours.” The delegation met with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, who said Taiwan’s government hoped “to see even more Taiwan-U.S. exchanges.”

Related: The visit came as China's highest-ranking Taiwan affairs official, Wang Yang, solidified his support for pro-unification forces, promising to counter Taiwanese independence movements and external interferences. He also emphasized the necessity for cross-Strait cooperation.

How the Media Covered It: Coverage was common and fairly similar across the spectrum, often highlighting Gallagher’s remarks on Democrat-Republican unity on supporting Taiwan. This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology.

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