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.
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.
“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.
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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