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Sasse Responds to China’s Warning that US ‘Heads Down’ a ‘Dangerous Path’ After Congress Visits Taiwan


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Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska responded to Chinese threats Friday after a congressional visit to Taiwan.

Sasse was one of six lawmakers who paid a diplomatic visit to the Republic of China, often referred to as Taiwan. Sasse was part of a group with Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Rob Portman of Ohio, Republican Representative from Texas Ronny Jackson and Democratic Senator from New Jersey Bob Menendez. After the Chinese government warned the United States that its actions were “dangerous”, Sasse issued a response.

“The CCP cannot intimidate the American people or their representatives in the United States Congress,” Sasse wrote. “President Xi must remember two things: first, Congress plays a fundamental role in interpreting the law on relations with Taiwan; second, the American people do not like tyrants and instinctively support the people who love freedom of Taiwan.”

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“As President Tsai Ing-wen and I discussed today, the whole world knows that President Xi approved and allowed Vladimir Putin’s illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine,” Sasse added. “Xi likes to talk about territorial sovereignty, but the whole world has clearly seen his immoral and senseless decision to side with Putin as he targets civilians in an independent neighboring country.”

In this photo released by the Presidential Office of Taiwan, members of a US Congressional delegation, from left, Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas; Senator Ben Sasse, R-Neb. ; Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Senator Richard Burr, RN.C. ; Senator Bob Menendez, D.N.J. ; and Senator Lindsey Graham, R.S.C., pose for a photo with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, center right, and other Taiwanese officials during a meeting at the presidential office in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, 15 April 2022.
(Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)

The bipartisan group of US lawmakers traveled to Taiwan for an official visit on Thursday, defying threats from the Chinese government.

House and Senate lawmakers descended on the country on Wednesday morning for a warm welcome from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. The Chinese government quickly issued a statement condemning the visit.

“As the world sees more clearly who Putin and Xi are, they are rallying more enthusiastically alongside Ukraine and Taiwan,” Sasse concluded in his statement on Friday.

The senses. Lindsey Graham, Bob Menendez, Richard Burr, Rob Portman and Ben Sasse and Representative Ronny Jackson were greeted upon arrival in Taiwan on Thursday, April 14, 2022.

The senses. Lindsey Graham, Bob Menendez, Richard Burr, Rob Portman and Ben Sasse and Representative Ronny Jackson were greeted upon arrival in Taiwan on Thursday, April 14, 2022.
(Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

China on Thursday, accused US and Taiwanese officials of “playing with fire” after comparisons between the Ukraine-Russia war was started against Beijing and Taipei.

Mainland China maintains that Taiwan is a rogue region of China and not an independent country. The United States has complied with that designation tenuously for decades, even sending military aid and occasional visits by U.S. officials to support Taiwan.

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“There is a new wave of tension in the Taiwan Strait,” Chinese spokesman Wang Webin told reporters. “The root cause is that the Taiwanese authorities continue to promote the independence agenda by seeking your support and that some in the United States are trying to use Taiwan to contain China.

In this Jan. 19, 2021, file photo, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.

In this Jan. 19, 2021, file photo, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.
(Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool File)

“They colluded,” he added.

Fears that China might decide to invade Taiwan have grown in recent years, thanks to China’s growing aggression in the region, including frequent air force flights near Taiwan airspace. Taiwan.

Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.


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