Congressional delegation visits Taiwan amid tense relations with Beijing

Feb 21, 2023 | 0 comments

A bipartisan congressional delegation visited Taiwan and met Tuesday with President Tsai Ing-wen amid tense relations with China.

Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Tony Gonzales (R-Texas), Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.) and Jonathan Jackson (D-Ill.) arrived Sunday in Taiwan, which is trying to distance itself from China’s control.

Such efforts have resulted in China increasing showing its military strength over Taiwan’s movement toward democracy.

The United States acknowledges the Chinese government’s position that Taiwan was part of China.

Tsai on Tuesday tweeted photos of herself with the delegation and said: “By continuing to deepen the #Taiwan-#US partnership, we will find more opportunities for cooperation & strengthen our resilience, post-pandemic & beyond.”

The visit largely focused on competition with China and Taiwan’s role in semiconductor chip manufacturing.

House Democrat Nancy Pelosi, as chamber speaker, visited Taiwan in August 2022.

“Our efforts to come here are in no way provocative of China, but consistent with the president’s foreign policy that recognizes the importance of the relationship like Taiwan, while still seeking ultimately, peace in the region,” Khanna said, according to the Associated Press.


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