The new five-member delegation is visiting the self-governing island in a bid to “reaffirm U.S. support for Taiwan” and “will promote stability and peace in the Taiwan Strait,” a spokesperson for Markey said in a statement. a statement.
The delegation includes Democratic Representatives John Garamendi, Alan Lowenthal and Don Beyer, and Republican Representative Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen, the statement added.
The group led by Markey will meet Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu during the visit, and will also hold talks with the Taiwanese Parliament’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee on security issues. and commerce, the Taiwanese foreign ministry said. .
The Foreign Ministry added that it sincerely welcomed the delegation and thanked them for showing strong US support for Taiwan despite escalating tensions with Beijing.
The senator’s spokesperson said the delegation “will meet with elected leaders and members of the private sector to discuss common interests, including reducing tensions in the Taiwan Strait and expanding economic cooperation, including investments in semiconductors.
China has yet to comment on the Congress visit.
China’s ruling Chinese Communist Party considers Taiwan to be part of its territory, although it has never controlled it, and has long pledged to ‘reunify’ the island with the Chinese mainland, by force. if necessary. Before Pelosi’s visit, Beijing had repeatedly warned of dire consequences if the trip went ahead – even going so far as to warn US President Joe Biden that those who played with fire would “perish” by him.
During her trip to Taiwan, Pelosi, a Democrat from California, said the visit was meant to make it “unequivocally” clear that the United States would “not abandon” the democratically-ruled island.
China responded to the speaker’s trip by launching military drills, which China’s Defense Ministry said began with drills in the seas and airspace surrounding Taiwan. In addition to the drills, Beijing canceled future phone calls between Chinese and US defense leaders, suspended bilateral climate talks and sanctioned Pelosi and his immediate family.
The United States maintains close unofficial ties with Taiwan and is required by law to supply Taiwan with defensive weapons. But he remains deliberately vague about whether he would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, a policy known as “strategic ambiguity”.
This story has been updated with additional background information.
CNN’s Daniella Diaz, Jeremy Herb, Wayne Chang and Rhea Mogul contributed to this report.