Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Visits Taiwan

After two days of military drills by China surrounding Taiwan, House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Michael McCaul and six lawmakers visited the island on Sunday. The group arrived in Taipei to discuss US-Taiwan relations with Lie-Ching-Te, the new president of Taiwan. The visits will conclude on 30 May 2024. 

Beijing rebuked Lai Ching-te as a “dangerous separatist,” and his election triggered the largest military exercise around Taiwan. The ruling Communist Party of China says the self-ruling democracy is part of its territory, though it never controlled it. Now, China has vowed to take the island by force if necessary.

According to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the delegation would likely discuss US-Taiwan relations, regional security, and trade and investment during the visit. 

Michael McCaul referred to Chinese leader Xi Jinping and stated, “As Putin wages war in Ukraine and Israel fights a multi-front war against Iran-backed proxies like Hamas, Chairman Xi is watching to see if America continues to support its partners and friends. Taiwan is a thriving democracy. The US will continue to stand by our steadfast partner and work to maintain the status quo across the Taiwan Strait. I look forward to meeting with Taiwan officials to better understand what America can do to preserve peace in Asia and build upon our shared democratic values.”

US officials condemned the military drill conducted by the People’s Rebuplic of China, and the State Department requested the Chinese to act responsibly. Meanwhile, Beijing said that the military exercises were initiated to test the ability to seize power, launch joint attacks, and occupy key areas. 

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