Monday August 15, 2022

US Congressional Delegation Arrives in Taiwan on Heels of Pelosi Visit

TAIPEI: A US congressional delegation arrived in Taiwan on Sunday, officials said, days after China held military drills around the island in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit.

Sunday’s unannounced trip came after Pelosi infuriated Beijing by visiting Taiwan earlier this month, sparking unprecedented air and sea drills that raised the prospect of conflict.

The five-member delegation, led by Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen and attend a banquet hosted by Foreign Minister Joseph Wu during the visit, according to Taiwan’s foreign ministry.

They will discuss “US-Taiwan relations, regional security, trade and investment, global supply chains, climate change, and other significant issues of mutual interest”, the American Institute in Taiwan said in a statement.

Taiwan hailed the delegation’s visit as another sign of warm ties between Taipei and Washington.

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