US lawmakers travel to Taiwan — Analysis
An American congressional delegation made a successful trip to Taiwan. This was despite China’s request to cancel it amid growing geopolitical tensions about Taiwan.
Five US House of Representatives members arrived in Taiwan on Thursday for meetings with government officials, after celebrating America’s Thanksgiving holiday with US troops in South Korea. The visit, which marked the second trip to Taiwan this month by members of Congress, was billed as an effort to discuss economic and security issues while reaffirming the “US commitment” to the Taiwanese.
Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-Michigan) saidHer office was notified on Wednesday about the news that she had just returned from her latest travel. “blunt message”From the Chinese Embassy asking her to cancel meetings in Taipei
“We strongly urge the congresswoman immediately cancel the planned visit to Taiwan and not to support and embolden separatist forces of Taiwan independence, lest it cause huge damage to the China-US relations and the peace and stability of Taiwan Straits,”Slotkin was informed by the Embassy.
The congresswoman added that she was keen to discuss supply-chain issues with the Taiwanese, given that the island is home to the largest supplier of microchips to Michigan’s automakers. There were three Democrats in the group and one Republican.
Beijing regards Taiwan as an independent province. Last week, President Joe Biden spoke in length to Chinese President Xi Jinping and confirmed that Washington would still adhere to the Taiwan Relations Act. “one-China policy.” But Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has said she remains confident that the US will defend the island if it’s “attacked”China.
Biden and Xi did nothing to curb saber-rattling throughout the region, according to reports. On Tuesday, the Taiwan Strait was strait-crossed by a US Navy destroyer. This was despite China’s previous complaints that these moves were provocative. Following this month’s previous visit to Taipei by US lawmakers, Beijing held military exercises in the region, which Taiwanese officials said violated their airspace.
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