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  •  A delegation of German lawmakers are set to travel to Taiwan the island s foreign ministry announced Thursday amid growing tensions with China in the region A group from the Berlin Taipei parliamentary friendship group in the German Bundestag are expected arrive in Taiwan on Sunday and stay until Thursday foreign minister spokeswoman Joanne Ou said Chairman Klaus Peter Willsch and five other German lawmakers from the cross party delegation will meet with President Tsai Ing wen Vice President Lai Ching te Legislative Speaker You Si kun Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and other Taiwanese lawmakers and representatives from institutions Ou said it marked the first German official delegation visiting Taiwan since the coronavirus pandemic and will be focusing on security She said it was the second delegation to visit from a major European country since U S House Speaker Nancy Pelosi s trip to Taipei in early August which was followed by China s large scale manoeuvres and military drills around Taiwan A French delegation of lawmakers visited Taiwan in early September Ou said the visit would strengthen connection and democratic resilience and that Taiwan and Germany which share values of democracy freedom rule of law and human rights would work together to defend the rules based international order Taiwan has had an independent government since 1949 but China considers the democratic island part of its territory and opposes any form of official contacts between Taiwan and other countries NewsSourceCredit NAN
    German lawmakers to visit Taiwan amid regional tension
     A delegation of German lawmakers are set to travel to Taiwan the island s foreign ministry announced Thursday amid growing tensions with China in the region A group from the Berlin Taipei parliamentary friendship group in the German Bundestag are expected arrive in Taiwan on Sunday and stay until Thursday foreign minister spokeswoman Joanne Ou said Chairman Klaus Peter Willsch and five other German lawmakers from the cross party delegation will meet with President Tsai Ing wen Vice President Lai Ching te Legislative Speaker You Si kun Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and other Taiwanese lawmakers and representatives from institutions Ou said it marked the first German official delegation visiting Taiwan since the coronavirus pandemic and will be focusing on security She said it was the second delegation to visit from a major European country since U S House Speaker Nancy Pelosi s trip to Taipei in early August which was followed by China s large scale manoeuvres and military drills around Taiwan A French delegation of lawmakers visited Taiwan in early September Ou said the visit would strengthen connection and democratic resilience and that Taiwan and Germany which share values of democracy freedom rule of law and human rights would work together to defend the rules based international order Taiwan has had an independent government since 1949 but China considers the democratic island part of its territory and opposes any form of official contacts between Taiwan and other countries NewsSourceCredit NAN
    German lawmakers to visit Taiwan amid regional tension
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    German lawmakers to visit Taiwan amid regional tension

    A delegation of German lawmakers are set to travel to Taiwan, the island’s foreign ministry announced Thursday, amid growing tensions with China in the region.

    A group from the Berlin-Taipei parliamentary friendship group in the German Bundestag are expected arrive in Taiwan on Sunday and stay until Thursday, foreign minister spokeswoman Joanne Ou said.

    Chairman Klaus-Peter Willsch and five other German lawmakers from the cross-party delegation will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen, Vice President Lai Ching-te, Legislative Speaker You Si-kun, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, and other Taiwanese lawmakers and representatives from institutions.

    Ou said it marked the first German official delegation visiting Taiwan since the coronavirus pandemic and will be focusing on security.

    She said it was the second delegation to visit from a major European country since U.

    S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taipei in early August, which was followed by China’s large-scale manoeuvres and military drills around Taiwan.

    A French delegation of lawmakers visited Taiwan in early September.

    Ou said the visit would strengthen connection and democratic resilience, and that Taiwan and Germany, which share values of democracy, freedom, rule of law, and human rights, would work together to defend the rules-based international order.

    Taiwan has had an independent government since 1949, but China considers the democratic island part of its territory and opposes any form of official contacts between Taiwan and other countries.


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  •  Taiwan said on Wednesday it would exercise its right to self defence and counter attack if Chinese armed forces entered its territory as Beijing increased military activities near the democratic island Beijing which claims Taiwan as its own against the strong objections of the government in Taipei has held military exercises around the island this month in reaction to a visit to Taipei by U S House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi Taiwanese defence officials said China s high intensity military patrols near Taiwan continued and Beijing s intention of making the Taiwan Strait separating the two sides its inner sea would become the main source of instability in the region For aircraft and ships that entered our sea and air territory of 12 nautical miles the national army will exercise right to self defence and counter attack without exception Lin Wen Huang deputy chief of the general staff for operations and planning told reporters at a news briefing Taiwan has complained of Chinese drones repeatedly flying close to its small groups of islands near China s coast The military will exercise the same right to counter attack Chinese drones that did not heed warnings to leave its territory after posing threats Lin added Taiwan fired warning shots at a Chinese drone for the first time on Tuesday shortly after President Tsai Ing wen ordered Taiwan s military to take strong countermeasures against what she termed Chinese provocations China s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian in a regular press briefing reiterated China position that Taiwan belonged to it Firstly I need to tell you Taiwan is a province of China it has no so called defence ministry The Taiwan authorities are playing up their nervousness this is meaningless he said Earlier in the week the ministry had dismissed complaints from Taiwan about drone harassment as not worth fussing about In the same briefing Ma Cheng Kun a director from military academy National Defence University said China might further move to reject passage of foreign naval ships through the strait without its permission After the new military normal status has been consolidated then the risk of collision will increase if foreign naval ships insist on the rights of navigation and freedom he said U S warships and those from allied nations such as Britain and Canada have routinely sailed through the strait in recent years including two U S Navy warships last week Taiwan s armed forces are well equipped but dwarfed by China s Tsai is overseeing a modernisation programme and has made increasing defence spending a priority China has not ruled out using force to bring the island under its control Taipei rejects Beijing s sovereignty claims saying that the People s Republic of China has never ruled the island and that only Taiwan s people can decide their future YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Taiwan vows counter-attack if China’s forces enter its territory
     Taiwan said on Wednesday it would exercise its right to self defence and counter attack if Chinese armed forces entered its territory as Beijing increased military activities near the democratic island Beijing which claims Taiwan as its own against the strong objections of the government in Taipei has held military exercises around the island this month in reaction to a visit to Taipei by U S House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi Taiwanese defence officials said China s high intensity military patrols near Taiwan continued and Beijing s intention of making the Taiwan Strait separating the two sides its inner sea would become the main source of instability in the region For aircraft and ships that entered our sea and air territory of 12 nautical miles the national army will exercise right to self defence and counter attack without exception Lin Wen Huang deputy chief of the general staff for operations and planning told reporters at a news briefing Taiwan has complained of Chinese drones repeatedly flying close to its small groups of islands near China s coast The military will exercise the same right to counter attack Chinese drones that did not heed warnings to leave its territory after posing threats Lin added Taiwan fired warning shots at a Chinese drone for the first time on Tuesday shortly after President Tsai Ing wen ordered Taiwan s military to take strong countermeasures against what she termed Chinese provocations China s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian in a regular press briefing reiterated China position that Taiwan belonged to it Firstly I need to tell you Taiwan is a province of China it has no so called defence ministry The Taiwan authorities are playing up their nervousness this is meaningless he said Earlier in the week the ministry had dismissed complaints from Taiwan about drone harassment as not worth fussing about In the same briefing Ma Cheng Kun a director from military academy National Defence University said China might further move to reject passage of foreign naval ships through the strait without its permission After the new military normal status has been consolidated then the risk of collision will increase if foreign naval ships insist on the rights of navigation and freedom he said U S warships and those from allied nations such as Britain and Canada have routinely sailed through the strait in recent years including two U S Navy warships last week Taiwan s armed forces are well equipped but dwarfed by China s Tsai is overseeing a modernisation programme and has made increasing defence spending a priority China has not ruled out using force to bring the island under its control Taipei rejects Beijing s sovereignty claims saying that the People s Republic of China has never ruled the island and that only Taiwan s people can decide their future YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Taiwan vows counter-attack if China’s forces enter its territory
    Foreign4 weeks ago

    Taiwan vows counter-attack if China’s forces enter its territory

    Taiwan said on Wednesday it would exercise its right to self defence and counter-attack if Chinese armed forces entered its territory, as Beijing increased military activities near the democratic island.

    Beijing, which claims Taiwan as its own against the strong objections of the government in Taipei, has held military exercises around the island this month in reaction to a visit to Taipei by U.

    S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    Taiwanese defence officials said China’s “high intensity” military patrols near Taiwan continued and Beijing’s intention of making the Taiwan Strait separating the two sides its “inner sea” would become the main source of instability in the region.

    “For aircraft and ships that entered our sea and air territory of 12 nautical miles, the national army will exercise right to self-defence and counter-attack without exception,” Lin Wen-Huang, deputy chief of the general staff for operations and planning, told reporters at a news briefing.

    Taiwan has complained of Chinese drones repeatedly flying close to its small groups of islands near China’s coast.

    The military will exercise the same right to counter-attack Chinese drones that did not heed warnings to leave its territory after posing threats, Lin added.

    Taiwan fired warning shots at a Chinese drone for the first time on Tuesday shortly after President Tsai Ing-wen ordered Taiwan’s military to take “strong countermeasures” against what she termed Chinese provocations.

    China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian, in a regular press briefing, reiterated China position that Taiwan belonged to it.

    “Firstly I need to tell you, Taiwan is a province of China, it has no so-called defence ministry.

    The Taiwan authorities are playing up their nervousness, this is meaningless,” he said.

    Earlier in the week, the ministry had dismissed complaints from Taiwan about drone harassment as “not worth fussing about”.

    In the same briefing, Ma Cheng-Kun, a director from military academy National Defence University, said China might further move to reject passage of foreign naval ships through the strait without its permission.

    “After the new military normal status has been consolidated, then the risk of collision will increase if foreign naval ships insist on the rights of navigation and freedom,” he said.

    U.

    S. warships and those from allied nations such as Britain and Canada have routinely sailed through the strait in recent years, including two U.

    S. Navy warships last week.

    Taiwan’s armed forces are well-equipped but dwarfed by China’s.

    Tsai is overseeing a modernisation programme and has made increasing defence spending a priority.

    China has not ruled out using force to bring the island under its control.

    Taipei rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims, saying that the People’s Republic of China has never ruled the island and that only Taiwan’s people can decide their future.

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  •  Guatemalan Foreign Minister Mario Bucaro said on Tuesday that the Central American country will always support Taiwan after China conducted its largest ever military drills around the self ruled island earlier this month Meeting Taiwan President Tsai Ing wen at the presidential office in Taipei Bucaro said that Guatemala and Taiwan were like minded countries united by a democratic alliance Guatemala will always support Taiwan because we have a firm belief in the principles of peace sovereignty and territorial integrity Peace is non negotiable but especially sovereignty is non negotiable said Bucaro The remarks come just a few weeks after Beijing concluded a barrage of military drills around Taiwan in response to a visit to the island in early August by U S House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi The official did not mention China in his remarks but said his visit to the self ruled island was about telling the world the importance of showing solidarity to the people of Taiwan in the belief that only dialogue can prevail in the face of any conflict China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said in a daily briefing that authorities in Taiwan s ruling Democratic Progressive Party were deceiving themselves using diplomatic ties for political manipulation which cannot stop the historical inevitability of China s reunification Zhao urged Guatemala to make decisions in line with the historical trend Tsai noted in her remarks that Taiwan was the first Asian country Bucaro visited since being appointed foreign minister and thanked Guatemala for its diplomatic support in the wake of China s military drills Guatemala is one of only 14 countries to retain formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan and one of three allies left in Central America the other two being Honduras and Belize China views democratically ruled Taiwan as one of its provinces with no right to the trappings of a state a view Taiwan s government strongly disputes and has been stepping up pressure to win over the island s remaining friends In December China re established ties with Nicaragua and the government has openly said it is gunning to bring down the number to zero The issue has broader geopolitical implications as the United States has been concerned about China stepping up its activities in Central America In the run up to the November presidential election in Honduras a visiting U S delegation made clear it wanted the Central American country to maintain its Taiwan relations Now President Xiomara Castro who had floated the idea of ditching Taipei for Beijing during the election campaign has subsequently stood by Taiwan YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Guatemala pledges support for Taiwan, China accuses island of ‘political manipulation’
     Guatemalan Foreign Minister Mario Bucaro said on Tuesday that the Central American country will always support Taiwan after China conducted its largest ever military drills around the self ruled island earlier this month Meeting Taiwan President Tsai Ing wen at the presidential office in Taipei Bucaro said that Guatemala and Taiwan were like minded countries united by a democratic alliance Guatemala will always support Taiwan because we have a firm belief in the principles of peace sovereignty and territorial integrity Peace is non negotiable but especially sovereignty is non negotiable said Bucaro The remarks come just a few weeks after Beijing concluded a barrage of military drills around Taiwan in response to a visit to the island in early August by U S House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi The official did not mention China in his remarks but said his visit to the self ruled island was about telling the world the importance of showing solidarity to the people of Taiwan in the belief that only dialogue can prevail in the face of any conflict China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said in a daily briefing that authorities in Taiwan s ruling Democratic Progressive Party were deceiving themselves using diplomatic ties for political manipulation which cannot stop the historical inevitability of China s reunification Zhao urged Guatemala to make decisions in line with the historical trend Tsai noted in her remarks that Taiwan was the first Asian country Bucaro visited since being appointed foreign minister and thanked Guatemala for its diplomatic support in the wake of China s military drills Guatemala is one of only 14 countries to retain formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan and one of three allies left in Central America the other two being Honduras and Belize China views democratically ruled Taiwan as one of its provinces with no right to the trappings of a state a view Taiwan s government strongly disputes and has been stepping up pressure to win over the island s remaining friends In December China re established ties with Nicaragua and the government has openly said it is gunning to bring down the number to zero The issue has broader geopolitical implications as the United States has been concerned about China stepping up its activities in Central America In the run up to the November presidential election in Honduras a visiting U S delegation made clear it wanted the Central American country to maintain its Taiwan relations Now President Xiomara Castro who had floated the idea of ditching Taipei for Beijing during the election campaign has subsequently stood by Taiwan YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Guatemala pledges support for Taiwan, China accuses island of ‘political manipulation’
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    Guatemala pledges support for Taiwan, China accuses island of ‘political manipulation’

    Guatemalan Foreign Minister Mario Bucaro said on Tuesday that the Central American country will “always support” Taiwan, after China conducted its largest-ever military drills around the self-ruled island earlier this month.

    Meeting Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen at the presidential office in Taipei, Bucaro said that Guatemala and Taiwan were “like-minded countries” united by a “democratic alliance”.

    “Guatemala will always support Taiwan because we have a firm belief in the principles of peace, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.

    “Peace is non-negotiable, but especially sovereignty is non-negotiable,” said Bucaro.

    The remarks come just a few weeks after Beijing concluded a barrage of military drills around Taiwan in response to a visit to the island in early August by U.

    S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    The official did not mention China in his remarks but said his visit to the self-ruled island was about “telling the world the importance of showing solidarity to the people of Taiwan, in the belief that only dialogue can prevail in the face of any conflict.

    ” China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said in a daily briefing that authorities in Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party were deceiving themselves using “diplomatic ties for political manipulation”, which “cannot stop the historical inevitability of China’s reunification”.

    Zhao urged Guatemala to make decisions “in line with the historical trend.

    ” Tsai noted in her remarks that Taiwan was the first “Asian country” Bucaro visited since being appointed foreign minister and thanked Guatemala for its diplomatic support in the wake of China’s military drills.

    Guatemala is one of only 14 countries to retain formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan and one of three allies left in Central America, the other two being Honduras and Belize.

    China views democratically ruled Taiwan as one of its provinces with no right to the trappings of a state, a view Taiwan’s government strongly disputes, and has been stepping up pressure to win over the island’s remaining friends.

    In December, China re-established ties with Nicaragua, and the government has openly said it is gunning to bring down the number to zero.

    The issue has broader geopolitical implications as the United States has been concerned about China stepping up its activities in Central America.

    In the run-up to the November presidential election in Honduras, a visiting U.

    S. delegation made clear it wanted the Central American country to maintain its Taiwan relations.

    Now-President Xiomara Castro, who had floated the idea of ditching Taipei for Beijing during the election campaign, has subsequently stood by Taiwan.

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  •   China s huge military drills around Taiwan have only made allies more determined to visit the island democracy and show solidarity Taipei s foreign minister Joseph Wu said Friday Beijing staged the unprecedented sea and air drills in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi s visit to Taiwan this month sending tensions to their highest level in decades Three US politicians have visited in Pelosi s wake the latest being Tennessee senator Marsha Blackburn who met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing wen on Friday We will not stop making friends just because of the Chinese threats against Taiwan Wu told a briefing with foreign media Taiwan lives under constant threat of an invasion by China which claims the self ruled island as part of its territory to be seized one day by force if necessary Beijing lashes out at any diplomatic action that might lend Taiwan legitimacy and has responded with growing anger to visits by Western officials and politicians Wu said China s show of force had been counter productive and there will be more visits to Taiwan by international dignitaries Because of the military pressure that China has demonstrated against Taiwan there are more people than ever who want to come and show their support Wu said A lot of international friends have already told us that they are very interested to come to Taiwan and the purpose is very simple just to show solidarity Blackburn a Republican and staunch supporter of former US president Donald Trump has said her trip was designed to send a message to Beijing we will not be bullied These warm acts of kindness and firm demonstrations of support have reinforced Taiwan s determination to defend itself Tsai said in her meeting with Blackburn Another congressional delegation led by Senator Ed Markey visited Taiwan shortly after Pelosi while China was still holding its military exercises Then this week Indiana s Republican governor Eric Holcomb arrived on the heels of the announcement of trade talks between Washington and Taipei in the coming months
    Taiwan says China drills deepened international solidarity
      China s huge military drills around Taiwan have only made allies more determined to visit the island democracy and show solidarity Taipei s foreign minister Joseph Wu said Friday Beijing staged the unprecedented sea and air drills in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi s visit to Taiwan this month sending tensions to their highest level in decades Three US politicians have visited in Pelosi s wake the latest being Tennessee senator Marsha Blackburn who met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing wen on Friday We will not stop making friends just because of the Chinese threats against Taiwan Wu told a briefing with foreign media Taiwan lives under constant threat of an invasion by China which claims the self ruled island as part of its territory to be seized one day by force if necessary Beijing lashes out at any diplomatic action that might lend Taiwan legitimacy and has responded with growing anger to visits by Western officials and politicians Wu said China s show of force had been counter productive and there will be more visits to Taiwan by international dignitaries Because of the military pressure that China has demonstrated against Taiwan there are more people than ever who want to come and show their support Wu said A lot of international friends have already told us that they are very interested to come to Taiwan and the purpose is very simple just to show solidarity Blackburn a Republican and staunch supporter of former US president Donald Trump has said her trip was designed to send a message to Beijing we will not be bullied These warm acts of kindness and firm demonstrations of support have reinforced Taiwan s determination to defend itself Tsai said in her meeting with Blackburn Another congressional delegation led by Senator Ed Markey visited Taiwan shortly after Pelosi while China was still holding its military exercises Then this week Indiana s Republican governor Eric Holcomb arrived on the heels of the announcement of trade talks between Washington and Taipei in the coming months
    Taiwan says China drills deepened international solidarity
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    Taiwan says China drills deepened international solidarity

    China’s huge military drills around Taiwan have only made allies more determined to visit the island democracy and show solidarity, Taipei’s foreign minister Joseph Wu said Friday.

    Beijing staged the unprecedented sea and air drills in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan this month, sending tensions to their highest level in decades.

    Three US politicians have visited in Pelosi’s wake, the latest being Tennessee senator Marsha Blackburn who met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday.

    “We will not stop making friends just because of the Chinese threats against Taiwan,” Wu told a briefing with foreign media.

    Taiwan lives under constant threat of an invasion by China, which claims the self-ruled island as part of its territory to be seized one day — by force if necessary.

    Beijing lashes out at any diplomatic action that might lend Taiwan legitimacy and has responded with growing anger to visits by Western officials and politicians.

    Wu said China’s show of force had been counter-productive and “there will be more” visits to Taiwan by international dignitaries.

    “Because of the military pressure that China has demonstrated against Taiwan, there are more people than ever who want to come and show their support,” Wu said.

    “A lot of international friends have already told us that they are very interested to come to Taiwan and the purpose is very simple — just to show solidarity.

    ” Blackburn, a Republican and staunch supporter of former US president Donald Trump, has said her trip was designed “to send a message to Beijing — we will not be bullied”.

    “These warm acts of kindness and firm demonstrations of support have reinforced Taiwan’s determination to defend itself,” Tsai said in her meeting with Blackburn.

    Another congressional delegation led by Senator Ed Markey visited Taiwan shortly after Pelosi while China was still holding its military exercises.

    Then this week Indiana’s Republican governor Eric Holcomb arrived on the heels of the announcement of trade talks between Washington and Taipei in the coming months.

  •   President Tsai Ing wen said Tuesday that Taiwanese people remained resolved to defend the island following China s huge military drills Tensions in the Taiwan Strait have risen to their highest in years since Beijing staged unprecedented drills in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi s visit to Taipei earlier this month Tsai made the remarks when meeting a visiting delegation of US scholars on the 64th anniversary of a Chinese artillery attack known as the 823 bombardment That battle to protect our homeland showed the world that no threat of any kind could shake the Taiwanese people s resolve to defend their nation not in the past not now and not in the future Tsai said China s army fired 470 000 shells at Kinmen Islands and nearby islets in 1958 killing 618 people in an attack that lasted 44 days Taiwan lives under constant threat of an invasion by China which claims the self ruled democracy as part of its territory to be seized one day by force if necessary Beijing lashes out at any diplomatic action that might lend Taiwan legitimacy and has responded with growing anger to visits by Western officials and politicians For a week after Pelosi s visit it sent warships ballistic missiles and fighter jets into the waters and skies around Taiwan Taiwan has accused China of using the visit as an excuse to kickstart drills that could serve as rehearsal for an invasion
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      President Tsai Ing wen said Tuesday that Taiwanese people remained resolved to defend the island following China s huge military drills Tensions in the Taiwan Strait have risen to their highest in years since Beijing staged unprecedented drills in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi s visit to Taipei earlier this month Tsai made the remarks when meeting a visiting delegation of US scholars on the 64th anniversary of a Chinese artillery attack known as the 823 bombardment That battle to protect our homeland showed the world that no threat of any kind could shake the Taiwanese people s resolve to defend their nation not in the past not now and not in the future Tsai said China s army fired 470 000 shells at Kinmen Islands and nearby islets in 1958 killing 618 people in an attack that lasted 44 days Taiwan lives under constant threat of an invasion by China which claims the self ruled democracy as part of its territory to be seized one day by force if necessary Beijing lashes out at any diplomatic action that might lend Taiwan legitimacy and has responded with growing anger to visits by Western officials and politicians For a week after Pelosi s visit it sent warships ballistic missiles and fighter jets into the waters and skies around Taiwan Taiwan has accused China of using the visit as an excuse to kickstart drills that could serve as rehearsal for an invasion
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    President Tsai Ing-wen said Tuesday that Taiwanese people remained resolved to defend the island following China’s huge military drills.

    Tensions in the Taiwan Strait have risen to their highest in years since Beijing staged unprecedented drills in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei earlier this month.

    Tsai made the remarks when meeting a visiting delegation of US scholars on the 64th anniversary of a Chinese artillery attack known as the “823 bombardment”.

    “That battle to protect our homeland showed the world that no threat of any kind could shake the Taiwanese people’s resolve to defend their nation — not in the past, not now, and not in the future,” Tsai said.

    China’s army fired 470,000 shells at Kinmen Islands and nearby islets in 1958, killing 618 people in an attack that lasted 44 days.

    Taiwan lives under constant threat of an invasion by China, which claims the self-ruled democracy as part of its territory to be seized one day — by force if necessary.

    Beijing lashes out at any diplomatic action that might lend Taiwan legitimacy and has responded with growing anger to visits by Western officials and politicians.

    For a week after Pelosi’s visit, it sent warships, ballistic missiles and fighter jets into the waters and skies around Taiwan.

    Taiwan has accused China of using the visit as an excuse to kickstart drills that could serve as rehearsal for an invasion.

  •   Taiwan saw off China before retains resolve to defend itself President Taiwan Taiwan saw off China s military six decades ago when Chinese forces bombarded offshore Taiwanese islands and that resolve to defend the homeland continues to this day President Tsai Ing wen told a visiting group of former U S officials on Tuesday Tensions between Taiwan and China have spiked over the past month following the visit to Taipei by U S House Speaker Nancy Pelosi China staged war games near Taiwan to express its anger at what it saw as stepped up U S support for the island Beijing views as sovereign Chinese territory Meeting a delegation of former U S officials now at Stanford University s Hoover Institution Tsai referred to China s more than a month of attacks on the Taiwan controlled islands of Kinmen and Matsu just off the Chinese coast which started in August 1958 Sixty four years ago during the Aug 23 battle our soldiers and civilians operated in solidarity and safeguarded Taiwan so that we have the democratic Taiwan today she said using the common Taiwanese term for that campaign which ended in stalemate with China failing to take the islands That battle to protect our homeland showed the world that no threat of any kind could shake the Taiwanese people s resolve to defend their nation not in the past not now and not in the future Tsai said We too will show the world that the people of Taiwan have both the resolve and confidence to safeguard peace security freedom and prosperity for ourselves In 1958 Taiwan fought back with support from the United States which sent military equipment including advanced Sidewinder anti aircraft missiles giving Taiwan a technological edge Often called the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis it was the last time Taiwanese forces joined battle with China on a large scale James O Ellis now a visiting fellow at Hoover and a retired U S Navy admiral said his delegation s presence in Taiwan reaffirmed the American people s commitment to deepening cooperation Consistent with the Taiwan Relations Act part of this cooperation involves strengthening Taiwan s capabilities for self defence as well as the ability of the United States to deter and resist any resort to force across the Taiwan Strait Ellis told Tsai Ellis was referring to a U S law that requires it to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself Matt Pottinger who served as former U S President Donald Trump s deputy national security adviser is also part of the delegation The United States which ditched formal diplomatic relations with Taipei in favour of Beijing in 1979 remains Taiwan s most important source of arms As Taiwan stands on the front line of authoritarian expansionism we continue to bolster our defence autonomy and we will also continue to work with the United States on this front Tsai said China s drills near Taiwan have posed a threat to the status quo in the strait and across the region and democratic partners should work together to defend against interference by authoritarian states she added Following that meeting Tsai met two Japanese lawmakers and other foreign parliamentarians are also expected to visit this year including from Canada and Britain defying Chinese pressure not to go Taiwan s government says that as the People s Republic of China has never governed the island it has no right to claim it or decide its future which can only be set by Taiwan s 23 million people YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Taiwan saw off China before, retains resolve to defend itself – President
      Taiwan saw off China before retains resolve to defend itself President Taiwan Taiwan saw off China s military six decades ago when Chinese forces bombarded offshore Taiwanese islands and that resolve to defend the homeland continues to this day President Tsai Ing wen told a visiting group of former U S officials on Tuesday Tensions between Taiwan and China have spiked over the past month following the visit to Taipei by U S House Speaker Nancy Pelosi China staged war games near Taiwan to express its anger at what it saw as stepped up U S support for the island Beijing views as sovereign Chinese territory Meeting a delegation of former U S officials now at Stanford University s Hoover Institution Tsai referred to China s more than a month of attacks on the Taiwan controlled islands of Kinmen and Matsu just off the Chinese coast which started in August 1958 Sixty four years ago during the Aug 23 battle our soldiers and civilians operated in solidarity and safeguarded Taiwan so that we have the democratic Taiwan today she said using the common Taiwanese term for that campaign which ended in stalemate with China failing to take the islands That battle to protect our homeland showed the world that no threat of any kind could shake the Taiwanese people s resolve to defend their nation not in the past not now and not in the future Tsai said We too will show the world that the people of Taiwan have both the resolve and confidence to safeguard peace security freedom and prosperity for ourselves In 1958 Taiwan fought back with support from the United States which sent military equipment including advanced Sidewinder anti aircraft missiles giving Taiwan a technological edge Often called the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis it was the last time Taiwanese forces joined battle with China on a large scale James O Ellis now a visiting fellow at Hoover and a retired U S Navy admiral said his delegation s presence in Taiwan reaffirmed the American people s commitment to deepening cooperation Consistent with the Taiwan Relations Act part of this cooperation involves strengthening Taiwan s capabilities for self defence as well as the ability of the United States to deter and resist any resort to force across the Taiwan Strait Ellis told Tsai Ellis was referring to a U S law that requires it to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself Matt Pottinger who served as former U S President Donald Trump s deputy national security adviser is also part of the delegation The United States which ditched formal diplomatic relations with Taipei in favour of Beijing in 1979 remains Taiwan s most important source of arms As Taiwan stands on the front line of authoritarian expansionism we continue to bolster our defence autonomy and we will also continue to work with the United States on this front Tsai said China s drills near Taiwan have posed a threat to the status quo in the strait and across the region and democratic partners should work together to defend against interference by authoritarian states she added Following that meeting Tsai met two Japanese lawmakers and other foreign parliamentarians are also expected to visit this year including from Canada and Britain defying Chinese pressure not to go Taiwan s government says that as the People s Republic of China has never governed the island it has no right to claim it or decide its future which can only be set by Taiwan s 23 million people YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Taiwan saw off China before, retains resolve to defend itself – President
    Foreign1 month ago

    Taiwan saw off China before, retains resolve to defend itself – President

    Taiwan saw off China before, retains resolve to defend itself – President Taiwan Taiwan saw off China’s military six decades ago when Chinese forces bombarded offshore Taiwanese islands and that resolve to defend the homeland continues to this day, President Tsai Ing-wen told a visiting group of former U.

    S. officials on Tuesday.

    Tensions between Taiwan and China have spiked over the past month following the visit to Taipei by U.

    S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    China staged war games near Taiwan to express its anger at what it saw as stepped up U.

    S. support for the island Beijing views as sovereign Chinese territory.

    Meeting a delegation of former U.

    S. officials now at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, Tsai referred to China’s more than a month of attacks on the Taiwan-controlled islands of Kinmen and Matsu, just off the Chinese coast, which started in August 1958. “Sixty-four years ago during the Aug. 23 battle, our soldiers and civilians operated in solidarity and safeguarded Taiwan, so that we have the democratic Taiwan today,” she said, using the common Taiwanese term for that campaign, which ended in stalemate with China failing to take the islands.

    “That battle to protect our homeland showed the world that no threat of any kind could shake the Taiwanese people’s resolve to defend their nation, not in the past, not now, and not in the future,” Tsai said.

    “We too will show the world that the people of Taiwan have both the resolve and confidence to safeguard peace, security, freedom and prosperity for ourselves.

    ” In 1958, Taiwan fought back with support from the United States, which sent military equipment including advanced Sidewinder anti-aircraft missiles, giving Taiwan a technological edge.

    Often called the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis, it was the last time Taiwanese forces joined battle with China on a large scale.

    James O.

    Ellis, now a visiting fellow at Hoover and a retired U.

    S. Navy admiral, said his delegation’s presence in Taiwan reaffirmed the American people’s commitment to deepening cooperation.

    “Consistent with the Taiwan Relations Act, part of this cooperation involves strengthening Taiwan’s capabilities for self defence as well as the ability of the United States to deter and resist any resort to force across the Taiwan Strait,” Ellis told Tsai. Ellis was referring to a U.

    S. law that requires it to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself.

    Matt Pottinger, who served as former U.

    S. President Donald Trump’s deputy national security adviser, is also part of the delegation.

    The United States, which ditched formal diplomatic relations with Taipei in favour of Beijing in 1979, remains Taiwan’s most important source of arms.

    “As Taiwan stands on the front line of authoritarian expansionism we continue to bolster our defence autonomy, and we will also continue to work with the United States on this front,” Tsai said.

    China’s drills near Taiwan have posed a threat to the status quo in the strait and across the region, and democratic partners should work together to “defend against interference by authoritarian states”, she added.

    Following that meeting, Tsai met two Japanese lawmakers, and other foreign parliamentarians are also expected to visit this year, including from Canada and Britain, defying Chinese pressure not to go.

    Taiwan’s government says that as the People’s Republic of China has never governed the island it has no right to claim it or decide its future, which can only be set by Taiwan’s 23 million people.

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  •   Taiwan president warns of heavy price to pay for an invasion Taiwan president warns of heavy price to pay for an invasion FILE PHOTO A heavy price would be paid for invading or trying to invade Taiwan and it would be condemned by the international community President Tsai Ing wen said on Tuesday What we have to do is to let the enemy understand that Taiwan has the determination and preparation to defend the country as well as the ability to defend itself Tsai told military officers in comments released by her office A heavy price will be paid for invading Taiwan or attempting to invade Taiwan and it will be strongly condemned by the international community YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Taiwan president warns of heavy price to pay for an invasion
      Taiwan president warns of heavy price to pay for an invasion Taiwan president warns of heavy price to pay for an invasion FILE PHOTO A heavy price would be paid for invading or trying to invade Taiwan and it would be condemned by the international community President Tsai Ing wen said on Tuesday What we have to do is to let the enemy understand that Taiwan has the determination and preparation to defend the country as well as the ability to defend itself Tsai told military officers in comments released by her office A heavy price will be paid for invading Taiwan or attempting to invade Taiwan and it will be strongly condemned by the international community YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
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    Taiwan president warns of heavy price to pay for an invasion

    Taiwan president warns of heavy price to pay for an invasion Taiwan president warns of heavy price to pay for an invasionFILE PHOTO –A heavy price would be paid for invading or trying to invade Taiwan and it would be condemned by the international community, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday.

    “What we have to do is to let the enemy understand that Taiwan has the determination and preparation to defend the country, as well as the ability to defend itself,” Tsai told military officers, in comments released by her office.

    “A heavy price will be paid for invading Taiwan or attempting to invade Taiwan, and it will be strongly condemned by the international community.

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  •  Taiwan s President Tsai Ing wen on Monday received another delegation from the United States amid rising tensions with China Eric Holcomb governor of the U S state of Indiana arrived in Taipei on Sunday for a four day trip His visit came after recent trips by high ranking Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Ed Markey that drew ire from Beijing which rejects official contacts between Taipei and other countries Beijing started large scale military manoeuvres around Taiwan in response to Pelosi s visit Tsai stressed in a presidential office meeting with Holcomb that the U S and Taiwan were key security and economic allies in the Indo Pacific region Taiwan has been confronted by military threats from China in and around the Taiwan Strait At this moment democratic allies must stand together and boost cooperation across all areas he said Holcomb signed a memorandum of understanding with Taiwan s Ministry of Economic Affairs to facilitate bilateral business trade and scientific cooperation Holcomb said Indiana would continue to seek strategic partnerships with Taiwan The governor expressed his excitement about the prospect of future collaborations with Taiwan According to the foreign affairs ministry Holcomb will meet with other senior government officials and representatives from the semiconductor sector Taiwan has had an independent government since 1949 but China considers the island part of its territory NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Taiwan receives another U.S. delegation amid China tensions
     Taiwan s President Tsai Ing wen on Monday received another delegation from the United States amid rising tensions with China Eric Holcomb governor of the U S state of Indiana arrived in Taipei on Sunday for a four day trip His visit came after recent trips by high ranking Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Ed Markey that drew ire from Beijing which rejects official contacts between Taipei and other countries Beijing started large scale military manoeuvres around Taiwan in response to Pelosi s visit Tsai stressed in a presidential office meeting with Holcomb that the U S and Taiwan were key security and economic allies in the Indo Pacific region Taiwan has been confronted by military threats from China in and around the Taiwan Strait At this moment democratic allies must stand together and boost cooperation across all areas he said Holcomb signed a memorandum of understanding with Taiwan s Ministry of Economic Affairs to facilitate bilateral business trade and scientific cooperation Holcomb said Indiana would continue to seek strategic partnerships with Taiwan The governor expressed his excitement about the prospect of future collaborations with Taiwan According to the foreign affairs ministry Holcomb will meet with other senior government officials and representatives from the semiconductor sector Taiwan has had an independent government since 1949 but China considers the island part of its territory NewsSourceCredit NAN
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    Taiwan receives another U.S. delegation amid China tensions

    Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday received another delegation from the United States amid rising tensions with China.

    Eric Holcomb, governor of the U.

    S. state of Indiana, arrived in Taipei on Sunday for a four-day trip.

    His visit came after recent trips by high-ranking Democrats, Nancy Pelosi and Ed Markey that drew ire from Beijing, which rejects official contacts between Taipei and other countries.

    Beijing started large-scale military manoeuvres around Taiwan in response to Pelosi’s visit.

    Tsai stressed in a presidential office meeting with Holcomb that the U.

    S. and Taiwan were key security and economic allies in the Indo-Pacific region.

    “Taiwan has been confronted by military threats from China, in and around the Taiwan Strait.

    “At this moment, democratic allies must stand together and boost cooperation across all areas,” he said.

    Holcomb signed a memorandum of understanding with Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs to facilitate bilateral business, trade and scientific cooperation.

    Holcomb said Indiana would continue to seek strategic partnerships with Taiwan.

    The governor expressed his excitement about the prospect of future collaborations with Taiwan.

    According to the foreign affairs ministry, Holcomb will meet with other senior government officials and representatives from the semiconductor sector.

    Taiwan has had an independent government since 1949, but China considers the island part of its territory.


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  •   Visiting U S lawmakers defy China s ire meet Taiwan leader Visiting U S lawmakers defy China s ire meet Taiwan leader Support Taipei Aug 15 2022 Five U S lawmakers visiting Taiwan on Monday met Taiwan President Tsai Ing wen and other lawmakers in a show of support for Taiwan amid escalated tensions across the Taiwan Strait The US congressional delegation arrived on Sunday for a surprise two day visit which followed a trip earlier this month by Nancy Pelosi the speaker of the U S House of Representatives China increased pressure on Taiwan both militarily and economically after Pelosi s 19 hour visit to Taipei on Aug 2 3 The delegation includes Republicans and Democrats and is made up of Senator Ed Markey and Representatives John Garamendi Alan Lowenthal Don Beyer and Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen Local TV reports showed the lawmakers entering the presidential office to meet with Tsai on Monday then heading to the parliamentary building nearby Legislator Lo Chih cheng of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party DPP told reporters that issues discussed at a meeting with U S lawmakers include future Taiwan U S military cooperation Lo said the U S group s visit at such a sensitive time coming shortly after China s large scale drills near Taiwan shows that Beijing cannot prevent leading political figures from around the world from visiting Taiwan Their arrival also delivers an important message that American people are standing with Taiwanese people Lo said Tsai s office has not released any details about the meeting I m travelling to Taiwan with a bipartisan congressional delegation to reaffirm U S support for Taiwan and encourage stability and peace across the Taiwan Strait Markey said on Twitter In Beijing China s Defence Ministry spokesperson Wu Qian said on Monday that the visit by the U S delegation undermined China s sovereignty and territorial integrity Taiwan has had an independent government since 1949 but China considers the island part of its territory Beijing rejects official contacts between other countries and Taipei YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Visiting U.S. lawmakers defy China’s ire, meet Taiwan leader
      Visiting U S lawmakers defy China s ire meet Taiwan leader Visiting U S lawmakers defy China s ire meet Taiwan leader Support Taipei Aug 15 2022 Five U S lawmakers visiting Taiwan on Monday met Taiwan President Tsai Ing wen and other lawmakers in a show of support for Taiwan amid escalated tensions across the Taiwan Strait The US congressional delegation arrived on Sunday for a surprise two day visit which followed a trip earlier this month by Nancy Pelosi the speaker of the U S House of Representatives China increased pressure on Taiwan both militarily and economically after Pelosi s 19 hour visit to Taipei on Aug 2 3 The delegation includes Republicans and Democrats and is made up of Senator Ed Markey and Representatives John Garamendi Alan Lowenthal Don Beyer and Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen Local TV reports showed the lawmakers entering the presidential office to meet with Tsai on Monday then heading to the parliamentary building nearby Legislator Lo Chih cheng of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party DPP told reporters that issues discussed at a meeting with U S lawmakers include future Taiwan U S military cooperation Lo said the U S group s visit at such a sensitive time coming shortly after China s large scale drills near Taiwan shows that Beijing cannot prevent leading political figures from around the world from visiting Taiwan Their arrival also delivers an important message that American people are standing with Taiwanese people Lo said Tsai s office has not released any details about the meeting I m travelling to Taiwan with a bipartisan congressional delegation to reaffirm U S support for Taiwan and encourage stability and peace across the Taiwan Strait Markey said on Twitter In Beijing China s Defence Ministry spokesperson Wu Qian said on Monday that the visit by the U S delegation undermined China s sovereignty and territorial integrity Taiwan has had an independent government since 1949 but China considers the island part of its territory Beijing rejects official contacts between other countries and Taipei YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Visiting U.S. lawmakers defy China’s ire, meet Taiwan leader
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    Visiting U.S. lawmakers defy China’s ire, meet Taiwan leader

    Visiting U.

    S. lawmakers defy China’s ire, meet Taiwan leader Visiting U.

    S. lawmakers defy China’s ire, meet Taiwan leader SupportTaipei, Aug. 15, 2022 Five U.

    S. lawmakers visiting Taiwan on Monday met Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and other lawmakers in a show of support for Taiwan amid escalated tensions across the Taiwan Strait.

    The US congressional delegation arrived on Sunday for a surprise two-day visit, which followed a trip earlier this month by Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the U.

    S. House of Representatives.

    China increased pressure on Taiwan both militarily and economically after Pelosi’s 19-hour visit to Taipei on Aug. 2-3. The delegation includes Republicans and Democrats and is made up of Senator Ed Markey and Representatives John Garamendi, Alan Lowenthal, Don Beyer and Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen.

    Local TV reports showed the lawmakers entering the presidential office to meet with Tsai on Monday then heading to the parliamentary building nearby.

    Legislator Lo Chih-cheng of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) told reporters that issues discussed at a meeting with U.

    S. lawmakers include future Taiwan-U.

    S. military cooperation.

    Lo said the U.

    S. group’s visit at such a sensitive time, coming shortly after China’s large-scale drills near Taiwan, shows that Beijing cannot prevent leading political figures from around the world from visiting Taiwan.

    “Their arrival also delivers an important message that American people are standing with Taiwanese people,” Lo said.

    Tsai’s office has not released any details about the meeting.

    “I’m travelling to Taiwan with a bipartisan congressional delegation to reaffirm U.

    S. support for Taiwan and encourage stability and peace across the Taiwan Strait,” Markey said on Twitter.

    In Beijing, China’s Defence Ministry spokesperson Wu Qian said on Monday that the visit by the U.

    S. delegation undermined China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    Taiwan has had an independent government since 1949, but China considers the island part of its territory.

    Beijing rejects official contacts between other countries and Taipei.

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  •  A US congressional delegation arrived in Taiwan on Sunday Washington s de facto embassy in Taipei said days after China held military drills around the island in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi s visit Sunday s unnannounced visit came after Pelosi infuriated Beijing by visiting Taiwan earlier this month sparking unprecedented air and sea drills that raised the prospect of conflict 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 15 2022 as part of a larger visit to the Indo Pacific region the American Institute in Taiwan said in a statement The delegation will meet with senior Taiwan leaders to discuss US Taiwan relations regional security trade and investment global supply chains climate change and other significant issues of mutual interest it added Taiwan s foreign ministry hailed the delegation s visit as another sign of warm ties between Taipei and Washington The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its sincere welcome to the delegation the ministry said in a statement Sunday As China is continuing to escalate tensions in the region the US Congress has again organized a heavyweight delegation to visit Taiwan showing a friendship that is not afraid of China s threats and intimidation and highlighting the US strong support towards Taiwan The delegation will meet President Tsai Ing wen and attend a banquet hosted by Foreign Minister Joseph Wu during the visit the ministry added The two sides will extensively exchange views on issues such as Taiwan US security and trade relations it said
    US congressional delegation arrives in Taiwan
     A US congressional delegation arrived in Taiwan on Sunday Washington s de facto embassy in Taipei said days after China held military drills around the island in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi s visit Sunday s unnannounced visit came after Pelosi infuriated Beijing by visiting Taiwan earlier this month sparking unprecedented air and sea drills that raised the prospect of conflict 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 15 2022 as part of a larger visit to the Indo Pacific region the American Institute in Taiwan said in a statement The delegation will meet with senior Taiwan leaders to discuss US Taiwan relations regional security trade and investment global supply chains climate change and other significant issues of mutual interest it added Taiwan s foreign ministry hailed the delegation s visit as another sign of warm ties between Taipei and Washington The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its sincere welcome to the delegation the ministry said in a statement Sunday As China is continuing to escalate tensions in the region the US Congress has again organized a heavyweight delegation to visit Taiwan showing a friendship that is not afraid of China s threats and intimidation and highlighting the US strong support towards Taiwan The delegation will meet President Tsai Ing wen and attend a banquet hosted by Foreign Minister Joseph Wu during the visit the ministry added The two sides will extensively exchange views on issues such as Taiwan US security and trade relations it said
    US congressional delegation arrives in Taiwan
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    US congressional delegation arrives in Taiwan

    A US congressional delegation arrived in Taiwan on Sunday, Washington’s de facto embassy in Taipei said, days after China held military drills around the island in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit.

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

    “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 14-15, 2022, as part of a larger visit to the Indo-Pacific region,” the American Institute in Taiwan said in a statement.

    “The delegation will meet with senior Taiwan leaders to discuss US-Taiwan relations, regional security, trade and investment, global supply chains, climate change, and other significant issues of mutual interest,” it added.

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

    “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its sincere welcome (to the delegation),” the ministry said in a statement Sunday.

    “As China is continuing to escalate tensions in the region, the US Congress has again organized a heavyweight delegation to visit Taiwan, showing a friendship that is not afraid of China’s threats and intimidation, and highlighting the US’ strong support towards Taiwan.

    ” The delegation will meet President Tsai Ing-wen and attend a banquet hosted by Foreign Minister Joseph Wu during the visit, the ministry added.

    “The two sides will extensively exchange views on issues such as Taiwan-US security and trade relations,” it said.