US lawmakers meet with the Taiwanese president in surprise visit

US lawmakers meet with the Taiwanese president in surprise visit ...

Six lawmakers met on a surprise one-day trip with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday morning to reiterate the United States' rock-solid support for the self-governing island.

The bi-partisan group of lawmakers from the U.S. Senate of Representatives arrived in Taiwan on Thursday night and were planning to meet with senior leaders including Tsai, according to the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto embassy. No further details were given regarding their itinerary.

Taiwan and China have become increasingly reliant on each other in decades. In 1949, Taiwan became self-governed, but China considers the island part of its own territory.

A blunt message from the Chinese Embassy, telling me that when news of our trip broke yesterday, my office sent a "reporting message" from the Chinese Embassy telling me to call off the trip, said Representative Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., who is part of the delegation, on Twitter.

Representatives Mark Takano, D-Calif., Colin Allred, D-Texas., Sara Jacobs, D-Calif., and Nancy Mace, R-S.C., are also part of the visiting delegation.

We are here in Taiwan this week to remind our partners and allies, after two unsuccessful years we've endured, that our commitment and shared responsibility for a free and secure Indo-Pacific region remain more powerful than ever, said Takano.

Takano added that the ties between the United States and Taiwan are rock solid and has remained steadfast, and as ties between us have deepened.

Tsai, who welcomed the lawmakers and the AIT director at Taipei's Presidential Office, noted both sides' cooperation in veterans affairs, economic matters, and trade while reaffirming the island's close alignment with the United States.

Taiwan will continue to get closer to the United States if we do a strong and open dialogue, thereby bringing peace and stability to the region, said Tsai.

The delegation from the U.S. congress made it to Taiwan the third time this year. The visit came just a few weeks later that group of six members of Congress visited the island with President Tsai, National Security Secretary General Wellington Koo, and a foreign minister Joseph Wu among others.

Two members of Congress flew to Taiwan in June to donate badly needed vaccines to the time when the island was struggling to get enough.

The Biden administration invited Taiwan, for example, to a summit for Democracy summit next month, a move that condemned China strongly.

It is just a pretext and a tool for countries to pursue geopolitical goals, suppress other countries, divide the world, serve their own interests and maintain its hegemony.

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