Beijing may not like it. A few days after the end of China’s largest-ever military maneuvers around Taiwan, in response to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island, a delegation of US congressmen arrived on the island. This visit, which should last two days according to the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto embassy of the United States, was not planned, indicates an American diplomatic source on the island. A senator and four representatives, Democrats and Republicans, make up this delegation.
“The delegation will meet with senior Taiwanese officials to discuss relations between the United States and Taiwan, regional security issues, trade and investment, climate change,” said the American Institute. The Taiwanese Foreign Minister hailed the visit.
Strengthening business relationships
“As China continues to escalate tensions in the region, the US Congress has again sent a high-level delegation to Taiwan, demonstrating a friendship that is unfazed by China’s threats and underscores the support resolve of the United States towards Taiwan”. US lawmakers will notably meet with President Tsai Ing-wen and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, he added.
Washington will strengthen its trade relations with Taiwan and make new air and sea crossings in the strait, in response to the “provocative” actions of China, announced Friday Kurt Campbell, coordinator of the White House for Asia-Pacific. China considers Taiwan, with a population of around 23 million, to be one of its provinces, which it has yet to successfully reunify with the rest of its territory since the end of the Chinese Civil War.
Opposed to any initiative giving the Taiwanese authorities international legitimacy, Beijing is against any official contact between Taiwan and other countries. US officials, however, visit the island frequently, but China considers the visit of Nancy Pelosi, one of the highest figures in the US state, to have been a major provocation.