US lawmakers visit Taiwan after Pelosi trip angers China

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A delegation of US lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Sunday, less than two weeks after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip angry china and raised fears of a military crisis in the Taiwan Strait.

Five members of Congress, led by Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), are expected to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen and other top leaders to discuss U.S.-Taiwanese relations, regional security issues, trade and climate change, according to the American Institute of Taiwan.

The institute said in a statement that lawmakers would be in Taiwan on Sunday and Monday as part of a larger trip to Asia.

The delegation will also meet with members of the private sector “to discuss common interests, including reducing tensions in the Taiwan Strait and expanding economic cooperation, including investment in semiconductors,” a source said. spokesperson for Senator Markey in a statement.

Pelosi’s visit in early August led to heightened tensions in US-China relations. The Chinese conducted military exercises off Taiwan, including firing missiles that landed in the surrounding waters. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government has also halted talks with the United States on military issues and climate change, a move that foreign policy experts say could jeopardize progress at a global summit on climate change. the climate in November.

For Beijing, Pelosi’s high-level meetings in Taiwan were an affront. China claims the democratically ruled island as its own territory. During her trip, the speaker offered assurances of American support, saying one of the trip’s goals was “to show the world the success of the people of Taiwan, the courage to change their own country, to become more democratic”.

Sunday afternoon, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs had issued no reaction to the last visit of the delegation.

Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted a photo of the delegation meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Tah-ray Yui and celebrated the visit of lawmakers as a sign of friendly relations between Taipei and the United States.

“As China continues to escalate tensions in the region, the US Congress has again organized a heavyweight delegation to visit Taiwan, showing a friendship that is not afraid of China’s threats and intimidation. , and underscoring the United States’ strong support for Taiwan,” the Taiwanese ministry said in a statement.

The congressional delegation visiting the island this week includes House Democrats John Garamendi and Alan Lowenthal from California and Don Beyer from Virginia. It also includes Republican Representative Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen, a delegate from American Samoa, according to Markey’s spokesman.

The state-nationalist tabloid Global Times was among the first Chinese media outlets to report on the visit of the delegation.

Quoting “Chinese experts”, the article said the People’s Liberation Army military exercises around Taiwan sent a “loud and clear warning signal”. Yet some American politicians are “playing with fire” to serve their own political interests,” the article continued.

“The international community can clearly see who the spoiler is who still ignores warnings and continues to aggravate regional peace with endless provocations,” wrote the Global Times.

The outlet also quoted Zhang Tengjun – deputy director of the Asia-Pacific studies department at the China Institute of International Studies – who said the delegation arrived in a “sneaky and stealthy manner” that “revealed their reluctance to trigger the wrath of the Chinese mainland. ”

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