China Launches Drills Around Taiwan During U.S. Senators Visit
Communist China’s military sent frigates, bombers and fighter planes to the East China Sea and the area around Taiwan on Friday.
A U.S. Congressional delegation arrived to Taiwan from Australia.
During a Friday meeting with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the technology hub is a “country of global significance” and its security has implications for the world.
Mr. Menendez was among a bipartisan group of six U.S. lawmakers visiting in a show of support to the democratic island in the face of Chicoms' pressure.
Such visits, and a reference to Taiwan as a “country”, rankle in Beijing, which dismisses any suggestion that Taiwan is a country. Communist China regards the island as one of its provinces.
The United States has no formal relations with Beijing-claimed Taiwan but is its most important international backer and arms supplier.
Mr. Menendez acknowledged that the Beijing regime was “very unhappy” with the delegation’s visit but that would not dissuade the group from supporting Taiwan.
With Taiwan producing 90 per cent of the world’s high-end semiconductor products, it is a country of global significance, consequence and impact, and therefore it should be understood the security of Taiwan has a global impact, Senator Menendez told Tsai in a meeting in the presidential office broadcast live online.
"Americans are united and determined to stand with Taiwan"
Taiwan has been heartened by the U.S. support offered by the Biden administration, which has repeatedly talked of its “rock-solid” commitment to the democratically governed island.
Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham told Tsai during the delegation’s meeting that the war in Ukraine and provocative behaviour by Communist China have united U.S. opinion in a way not seen before.
We will stand with you. To abandon Taiwan will be to abandon democracy and freedom, he said.
U.S. delegation will also meet Taiwan’s foreign minister, Joseph Wu, and Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng.