New US Delegation Visits Taiwan; China Launches More Drills
A new U.S. delegation is making an unannounced visit to Taiwan to meet with government and private sector representatives to discuss issues such as trade, investment in Taiwan's semiconductor industry and regional security in the Taiwan Strait.
The delegation, led by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), includes California Democrats John Garamendi and Alan Lowenthal, Virginia Democrat Don Beyer, and Republican Amata Catherine Coleman Radewagen, a delegate from American Samoa. The group is scheduled to meet Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday. The visit comes 12 days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip, when she became the most senior U.S. politician to visit the island in 25 years. The visit was followed by large military exercises by China around Taiwan, and China is now renewing military drills.
China believes it has the right to use force, if necessary, to reunite the self-governing island with the mainland. The White House said last week that China had used Pelosi's visit as a pretext to launch an intensified pressure campaign against Taiwan, jeopardizing peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. Meanwhile, China has argued that the visits by U.S. lawmakers infringe on America's One China policy, and they terminated key communication channels with the United States on August 6. The U.S. maintains a strong relationship with Taiwan, which includes selling weapons to its military, but the U.S. does not officially recognize Taiwan as independent.
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From the CenterUS Taiwan: Congress team follows Pelosi with second high-level visit in a month
A US congressional delegation has arrived for an unannounced visit to Taiwan, 12 days after a tour of the island by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Five members of Congress will visit until Monday, said Washington's de-facto embassy in the capital Taipei.
China launched its largest-ever military exercises around Taiwan after Ms Pelosi's visit earlier in August.
Beijing sees the self-governing island as its own, renegade territory that must be united with the mainland.
It believes that mission could be necessary with force, if other attempts at unification are unsuccessful.
From the LeftChina announces new drills around Taiwan as a U.S. delegation visits the island
China announced more military drills around Taiwan as the island's president met with members of a new U.S. congressional delegation on Monday, in a further sign of support among American lawmakers for the self-governing island Beijing claims as its own.
Taiwanese media showed the delegation arriving for the talks, but details of the meeting were not immediately released. The delegation was due to depart later Monday on a U.S. government plane.
The visit came less than two weeks after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan, which prompted days...
From the RightChina renews military drills around Taiwan amid surprise visit from US lawmakers
China will renew its military drills around Taiwan after a delegation of U.S. lawmakers made a surprise visit to the self-governed Island, China announced Monday.
Five members of Congress landed in Taiwan on Sunday, less than two weeks after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi outraged China with her own visit. Pelosi's visit triggered China to hold unprecedented military drills surrounding Taiwan. Those drills will now be renewed in reaction to the second Congressional delegation.
The five members of Congress include Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass, and Reps. John Garamendi, D-Calif; Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif.; Don Beyer,...