TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A delegation of U.S. lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Sunday, just 12 days after a Visit of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi That prompted an angry China to launch days of threatening military exercises around the self-governing island that Beijing says should be brought under its control.
The five-member delegation, led by Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen and other officials to discuss US-Taiwan relations, regional security, trade, investment and other issues. said the American Institute in Taiwan. The institute represents the US government, which has no official ties to Taiwan.
Porcelain responded to Pelosi’s visit on August 2 sending missiles, warships, and fighter jets into the seas and skies around Taiwan for several days afterward. The Chinese government is opposed to Taiwan having official contact with foreign governments, particularly a high-ranking congressional leader like Pelosi.
A Taiwanese broadcaster showed video of a US government plane landing around 7 p.m. Sunday at Songshan Airport in Taipei, the Taiwanese capital. Four members of the delegation were on the plane. Markey arrived on a separate flight to Taoyuan International Airport, which also serves Taipei. The group will be in Taiwan through Monday as part of a trip to Asia, the American Institute said.
The other members of the delegation are Republican Rep. 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 midpoint of the Taiwan Strait daily even after the conclusion of military exercises 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 ships detected in the area around Taiwan as of 5 p.m. Sunday. the ministry said on his Twitter account.
A senior White House official in charge of Asia policy said late last week that China had used Pelosi’s visit as a pretext to launch an intensified pressure campaign against Taiwan, endangering peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and in the region in general.
“China has overreacted and its actions continue to be provocative, destabilizing and unprecedented,” Kurt Campbell, deputy aide to President Joe Biden, said on a call with reporters.
“It has sought to ignore the central line 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 PRC.
China accuses the United States of encouraging independence forces in Taiwan through the sale of military equipment to the island and of engaging with its officials. The United States says it does not support Taiwan’s independence, but its differences with China must be resolved by peaceful means.
China’s ruling Communist Party has long said that it is in favor of Taiwan joining China peacefully, but will not rule out force if necessary. The two parted ways in 1949 during a civil war in which the Communists took control of China and the losing Nationalists retreated to the island of Taiwan.
Campbell, speaking Friday, said the United States would send warships and planes through the Taiwan Strait in the coming weeks and is developing a roadmap for trade talks with Taiwan that he said the United States intends to announce in the following days.
Moritsugu reported from Beijing.