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US Congressmen Visit Taiwan, Second Delegation This Month

U.S.A.US Congressmen Visit Taiwan, Second Delegation This Month

A group of United States congressmen arrived in Taiwan on Thursday in the second delegation of its kind to visit the island this month, the epicenter of tensions between Washington and Beijing.

The arrival of the mission of four congressmen, three Democrats and a Republican came just days after US President Joe Biden invited Taiwan to a summit on democracy, which angered Beijing.

Xavier Chang, spokesman for Taiwan‘s President Tsai Ing-wen, said the visit demonstrates the “strong friendship between Taiwan and the United States” and “strong bipartisan support for deepening these ties” in Congress.

China regards Taiwan as one of its provinces, even though it is governed separately and democratically, and is committed to annexing it by force if necessary.

Particularly under the presidency of Xi Jinping in Beijing and Tsai in Taipei, tensions escalated and Chinese officials redoubled their efforts to isolate the island internationally.

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“When our visit became known yesterday, my office received a strong message from the Chinese Embassy asking me to cancel the trip,” said Congressman Alyssa Slotkin.

The US Embassy, ​​the American Institute for Taiwan, said the two-day visit would address “US-Taiwan relations, regional security and other important issues of mutual concern”.

Western sympathy for Taiwan is growing despite diplomatic, military and economic pressure from Chinese officials on the island.

In addition to two visits by US lawmakers, a group of French senators and a delegation from the European Parliament have visited Taiwan in recent weeks.

The region is officially recognized by only fifteen countries, but it maintains de facto diplomatic relations with several countries.

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