A U.S. Congress delegation visited Taiwan. As geopolitical tensions on this autonomous island escalated, China’s request to cancel the visit was ignored.
After celebrating the U.S. Thanksgiving Day with the U.S. Army in South Korea, five U.S. House of Representatives arrived in Taiwan on Thursday to meet with government officials. This visit marked the second time that members of Congress visited Taiwan this month. It was advertised as an effort to discuss economic and security issues, and at the same time reaffirmed the “U.S. commitment to Taiwanese.”
Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-Michigan) Said When news of the latest trip broke out on Wednesday, her office received “Straightforward information” The Chinese Embassy asked her to cancel the meeting in Taipei.
“We strongly urge members of Congress to immediately cancel the original plan to visit Taiwan, and refrain from supporting and strengthening the separatist forces for Taiwan independence, so as not to cause huge damage to Sino-US relations and the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait.” The embassy told Slotkin.
The congresswoman added that she is keen on discussing supply chain issues with Taiwanese because the island is home to the largest microchip supplier for automakers in Michigan. The delegation included three other Democrats and one Republican.
Beijing regards Taiwan as a separate province.President Joe Biden confirmed in a long phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week that Washington will continue to abide by the Taiwan Relations Act, including “One China policy.” But Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said that she still believes that the United States will defend the island if it “be attacked” By China.
The talks between Biden and Xi clearly did not help reduce the tension in the region. On Tuesday, a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed through the Taiwan Strait, although China has complained in the past that such a move was provocative. Following the U.S. congressman’s last visit to Taipei this month, Beijing conducted military exercises in the area. Taiwanese officials said these exercises violated their airspace.
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