A delegation of US congressmen is visiting Taiwan, in what involves the second time that a mission of this type has occurred so far this month of November.
The American Institute of Taiwan – the “de facto embassy” of the United States on the island – reported that “The delegation will meet with Taiwanese leaders to discuss relations between Taiwan and the US” or “regional security” issues, among other issues, and that his visit is “part of a larger tour of the Indo-Pacific region.”
According to the source, the North American delegation is made up of Democratic congressmen Mark Takano (California), Elissa Slotkin (Michigan), Colin Allred (Texas) and Sarah Jacobs (California), and Republican Nancy Mace (South Carolina).
The Hong Kong daily South China Morning Post detailed that in totall 17 people are part of the group.
The Taiwanese press reported late on Thursday that the delegation arrived in the Asian country this Thursday around 10:10 p.m. local time (14.20 GMT), to the capital airport, aboard a C-40 Clipper military transport plane, and will remain in Taiwan until this Friday.
A source cited anonymously by the official agency CNA detailed that the congressmen will meet with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, and they will visit the Ministry of Defense.
Earlier this month, a group of legislators from the US Republican Party visited the island, This provoked angry protests from Beijing, which claims sovereignty over Taiwan.
This visit comes in a context of tension and increased interaction between representatives of countries with official diplomatic relations in Beijing. with the Taiwanese authorities, and a few days after a videoconference between US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, in which they discussed the thorny Taiwanese issue.
Also this week Biden invited Taiwan to participate in a virtual summit on democracy that the Chinese state press considers a new “anti-China clique”.
Taiwan has governed autonomously since 1949, when the communists defeated the nationalists in the civil war and the latter retreated to the island, continuing with a dictatorial regime until the culmination of the transition to democracy in the 90s.
In all this time, the island has kept the name of the Republic of China and the symbolism under which the Chinese nationalists also ruled the territory of the current People’s Republic before its defeat in the civil war, although With democracy, voices emerged that bet to break with that past and formally declare independence under the name of Taiwan.
In 1979, Washington broke its official diplomatic relations with Taipei in favor of Beijing, although it continued to maintain ties with Taiwan through the aforementioned American Institute in Taiwan.
In fact, that same year, the US approved the so-called Taiwan Relations Act, in which it is established that Washington will assist Taiwan in defense matters, although it neither guarantees nor rules out that the North American country will intervene militarily in the event that China attacks the island, following the political line known as “strategic ambiguity”.
(With information from EFE)