US delegation visits Taiwan, riles China again

Washington, Aug 15:

A delegation of US congressmen will arrive in Taiwan on Sunday with a two-day visit to discuss a wide variety of issues, American Institute in Taiwan, the de-facto US embassy on the island, said.

The delegation will be headed by US Senator Edward J. Markey, the chairman of the Senate Environment Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate and Nuclear Safety, and the Senate Subcommittee On East Asia, The Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

“Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), Representative John Garamendi (D-CA), Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Representative Don Beyer (D-VA), and Representative Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS) will visit Taiwan from August 14 and 15, 2022, as part of a larger visit to the Indo-Pacific region,” the institute said on the website.

According to the statement, the agenda of the meetings between the delegation and senior Taiwanese officials includes issues of US-Taiwan relations, regional security, trade and investment, supply chains, and climate change.

China had repeatedly opposed visits of senior US officials to the island, as it considers Taiwan part of its territory and opposes any direct official foreign contacts with Taipei. The visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island in early August triggered a new round of tensions in the Taiwan Strait and another wave of China’s sanctions against Taiwan. Moreover, Beijing launched large-scale military exercises in the vicinity of the island, which include live-fire drills and military aircraft overflights close to Taiwan’s airspace.

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