To keep the tension at bay, a second delegation from the US Congress is visiting Taiwan.
Taipei: The tension between China and Taiwan has been escalating despite the US intervention. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan in early August to normalise the situation. Instead, China started its military expedition by sending warships, warplanes, and even drones toward Taiwan.
To keep the tension at bay, a second delegation from the US Congress is visiting Taiwan. As tensions with China over its claims to the self-governed island remain high.
The delegation, led by Florida Democrat Stephanie Murphy, met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday morning.
Tsai stated that the delegation’s visit “conveys rock solid support for Taiwan from the US Congress” in response to China’s military threats.
“Taiwan will not bend to pressure or coercion,” Tsai stated. “We are ready to defend our democratic institutions. “Taiwan is not going to give up.”
Congress “should urge to increase Taiwanese engagement in international organisations,” Murphy said.
Murphy is one of the members who introduced a bill that would permit the US to lend weapons to Taiwan in support, similar to a bill that was enacted to lend arms to Ukraine, A $1 billion arms deal with Taiwan was approved by the Biden administration last week.
Murphy also stated that deepening economic ties between the two countries was “one of the most essential things Congress can do right now” in terms of pushing for a “high-quality free trade agreement” between two sides. The Biden and Tsai administrations are currently negotiating a trade agreement.
The other American lawmakers visiting are Hawaii Democrat Kaiali’i Kahele and Republicans Scott Franklin of Florida, Joe Wilson of South Carolina, Andy Barr of Kentucky, Darrell Issa of California, Claudia Tenney of New York, and Kat Cammack of Florida.
In response to the most recent US arms sale, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said China’s opposition to defence cooperation between Washington and Taipei is “consistent and clear.”