US Senators Visit Taiwan to Strengthen Bilateral Relations Amid China Hostilities

US Senators Visit Taiwan to Strengthen Bilateral Relations Amid China Hostilities
US Senators Visit Taiwan to Strengthen Bilateral Relations Amid China Hostilities

US senators visit Taiwan to strengthen bilateral relations amid China’s hostilities (EFE/EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO)

A delegation of four United States senators visit this wednesday Taiwan to meet with the new president of the island, William Laiwho took office on May 20, according to the island’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The delegation is headed by the Democratic legislator Tammy Duckworthwho traveled accompanied by Democratic senators Chris Coons and Laphonza Butler and the republican Dan Sullivanaccording to a statement from the island’s Foreign Ministry.

During your stay on the island, Duckworth and the rest of the senators will meet with Lai and his vice president, Hsiao Bi-khimwill hold a meeting with the secretary general of the National Security Council of Taiwan, Joseph Wuand will attend a banquet hosted by the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lin Chia-lung.

According to the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the delegation will “exchange opinions” with the new teams of foreign policy and defense of the island on “important issues, such as relations between Taiwan and the United States and the security situation in the Taiwan Strait”.

The arrival of these senators comes three days after the visit of a group of six US congressmen, demonstrating the US Congress’ “bipartisan support for Taiwan-US relations and Taiwan’s democratic system.”

The delegation is led by legislator Tammy Duckworth, who traveled accompanied by Democratic senators Chris Coons and Laphonza Butler and Republican Dan Sullivan (REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)

Successive visits by important friends of Congress will continue to deepen the strong comprehensive partnership between Taiwan and the US and strengthen the close cooperation between the two sides”, concluded the official statement.

Visits by American representatives to Taiwan have been constant in the last two years and have continued even after the crisis between Beijing and Washington caused by the trip to Taipei in August 2022 from the then president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosiwhich angered China.

Taiwan – where the Chinese nationalist army retreated after defeat by communist troops in the civil war – has been governed autonomously since 1949, although China claims sovereignty over the island, which it considers a rebellious province for whose ‘reunification’ has not ruled out the use of force.

He China regime warned this Wednesday that it will maintain the military pressure on Taiwan as long as provocations for “independence” continue on this self-governing and democratic island.

As long as ‘Taiwan independence’ provocations continue, the People’s Liberation Army’s actions to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity will continue.“said the spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the Chinese regime, Zhu Fenglian.

The Chinese regime warned that it will maintain military pressure on Taiwan as long as provocations for “independence” continue on this autonomous and democratically governed island.

Last week, the Chinese military deployed two days of exercises around Taiwan in which dozens of ships and planes loaded with live ammunition simulated the capture and isolation of this territory claimed by Beijing.

The maneuvers began three days after the new Taiwanese president, William Laitook office with an inauguration speech that China considered a “confession of independence”.

Zhu Fenglian declared that Lai’s rhetoric was “extremely reckless” and that it “will inevitably provoke risk of war in the Taiwan Strait and will cause serious harm to our compatriots in Taiwan.”

We will never tolerate, condone or allow this, and we must counteract and punish this”he added.

“The greater the provocation, the greater the response,” he said.

(With information from EFE and AFP)

 
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