Second US congressional delegation arrives in Taiwan in a month

A few days after Pelosi's visit, which aggravated relations between the United States and China, five congressmen flew to the island. The delegation was led by Senator Ed Markey, who in 1979 voted for the adoption of the Taiwan Relations Act ” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

Alan Lowenthal, John Garamendi, Donald Yu-Tien Xu, Don Byer and Amata Coleman Radwagen

A delegation of US congressmen arrived in Taiwan for a two-day visit, less than two weeks after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived on the island, reports Reuters.

Five members of Congress visited Taiwan: Democratic Senator Ed Markey and members of the House of Representatives— Democrats John Garamendi, Alan Lowenthal, Don Byer, and Republican Amata Coleman Radwagen. They will stay on the island on August 14 & 15, the American Institute of Taiwan (de facto operating the US Embassy in the country) specifies.

Congressmen will meet with the President of the partially recognized state Tsai Ing-wen and other representatives of the Taiwan authorities, discuss with them bilateral relations, regional security, economic cooperation, climate change and other topics.

Washington's 1979 leader of the Taiwan Relations Delegation, as a member of the House of Representatives, voted in favor of the Taiwan Relations Act, which provides for Washington's commitment to the security of the island nation, according to Taiwan News.

China considers the island, which declared independence from the PRC in 1949, its own territory. The Chinese authorities sharply criticized Nancy Pelosi's visit on August 2, saying that she defied the world, deliberately provoked and violated the “One China” principle. The Chinese Foreign Ministry believes that the speaker's trip was organized by the United States to create a crisis in the region and to obtain a pretext for building up a military presence. Beijing launched sea and air military exercises with firing in the Taiwan Strait, suspended cooperation with Washington in several areas and decided to impose sanctions against Pelosi.

The American side rejects China's accusations. Washington insists that Pelosi's arrival does not contradict the principle of “one China” and does not mean a change in US policy towards China. The US Department of Defense emphasizes that the country does not recognize the independence of the island. The White House called the military maneuvers of the Chinese army off the coast of Taiwan a provocation.

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