Another US politician visits Taiwan — Analysis
Beijing says Washington “continues to provoke China” with visits by members of Congress to the disputed island
On Thursday, another US lawmaker visited Taiwan. This is the continuation of the visits made by American officials to Taiwan that began with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier in the month. Beijing claims that the trip is designed to antagonize China and provide support for separatists.
According to the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry, Thursday was “a good day for Taiwan.” “important guests”According to the Central News Agency, he would arrive in Taipei aboard a US military transport. Fox News Producer identifiedThis was Senator Marsha BLACKBU (R-Tennessee), who visited. recentlyNearby is Papua New Guinea.
According to the CNA, American visitors will meet President TsaiIng-wen after they land at Songshan’s airport. The American Institute in Taiwan (the de facto US Embassy) did not comment.
Blackburn’s visit is the fourth by senior US officials since the beginning of August, and a third trip by members of Congress.
Pelosi’s trip at the start of the month was followed a week later by a delegation of both House and Senate members from both parties. Global Times described this visit as Eric Holcomb, the Indiana governor, visiting Taipei earlier in the week. “a toxic trend of escalating tensions in the Taiwan Strait.”
“Washington, instead of reflecting on its own mistakes and correcting them, continues to provoke China,”According to the official newspaper, it was published on Thursday. Beijing’s government also published “11 facts on Taiwan” via the state news agency Xinhua.
Beijing reacted to Pelosi’s visit by launching air and sea military exercises around the island, and by severing some military and climate contacts with Washington. According to Reuters on Thursday, Taipei’s government presented a $19 Billion military budget to 2023. The major portion of this increase was to finance the purchase new US fighter jets.
Officially, the US has committed itself to the “One China” policy, which matches Beijing’s position that Taiwan is an integral part of Chinese territory. Washington also sold military and weapons equipment to Taiwan, which was ruled over by Nationalists, who fled the Chinese mainland in 1949 after the Civil War.