In an unannounced visit, a delegation from the US Congress arrived in Taiwan on Sunday, 12 days after the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island, which angered China.
The American Institute in Taiwan, which serves as Washington’s embassy in Taipei, said in a statement that Senator Ed Markey, and Democratic Reps. John Garamendi, Alan Lowenthal, Don Pierre, and Omoa Amata Coleman Redwagen will visit Taiwan from August 14 to 15 as part of a broader visit to the Indo-Pacific region.
The statement added that the delegation, which includes four Democrats and one Republican from American Samoa, “The delegation will meet with senior Taiwan leaders to discuss U.S.-Taiwan relations, regional security, trade and investment, global supply chains, climate change, and other significant issues of mutual interest.”
The Taiwanese Foreign Ministry hailed the delegation’s visit as another indication of the warming relations between Taipei and Washington against the backdrop of “Bejing’s continued escalation of tensions in the region,” adding that the move shows “a friendship that is not afraid of China’s threats and intimidation, and highlighting the US’ strong support towards Taiwan.”
According to the statement, the delegation will meet Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and attend a banquet hosted by Foreign Minister Joseph Wu.
On its part, Taiwan‘s Defense Ministry mentioned that Chinese warplanes cross the midpoint of the Taiwan Strait on a daily basis even after the end of the latest military exercises and that at least 10 of them did so on Sunday.
According to the ministry, these 10 fighters were among 22 planes and six Chinese warships that were discovered in the area around Taiwan by 5 p.m. on Thursday.