New congressional delegation arrives in Taiwan
Eight House lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday to discuss relations with the U.S.
It’s just the latest visit by U.S. lawmakers to Taiwan since Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made her own historic trip in August — despite reservations by the Biden administration.
China claims sovereignty over the self-governing island, and fears of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan have been on the rise, particularly since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The delegation to Taiwan, which will be in the country until Friday, is led by Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.).
Murphy is joined by Reps. Scott Franklin (R-Fla.), Kaiali’i Kahele (D-Hawaii), Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), Andy Barr (R-Ky.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) and Kat Cammack (R-Fla.).
“The delegation will meet with senior Taiwan leaders to discuss U.S.-Taiwan relations, regional security, trade and investment, global supply chains, and other significant issues of mutual interest,” the American Institute in Taiwan, the U.S.’s de facto embassy on the island, said in a statement regarding the trip.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned Pelosi’s visit, saying that it “gravely undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”
China began conducting military drills in the waters surrounding Taiwan shortly after Pelosi’s trip.