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As tensions with China increases, another legislative delegation from the United States visits TaiwanYash Ranjan09/08/202216
As tensions between the United States and China over its claims to the self-governing island remain high, another delegation from Congress is visiting Taiwan. Since U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan in early August, a continuous influx of Americans has arrived to meet with Taiwanese leaders. In retaliation, China increased its military encroachment, deploying warships, bombers, and even drones toward the island daily. The group, led by Florida Democrat Stephanie Murphy, met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday morning. China has actively worked to deny her government diplomatic recognition and membership in international organizations. According to Tsai, the delegation's visit "conveys the U.S.'s unwavering support for Taiwan. Reacting to China's military threats, Congress" Congress, in Murphy's opinion, "should urge for increased Taiwanese engagement in international organizations," She continued, "Taiwan has demonstrated that it is a responsible member of the international community, particularly in public health issues. Taiwan ought to participate when appropriate in international fora. Similar to a bill that was enacted to lend weapons to Ukraine, Murphy is one of the members who introduced a bill that would allow the United States to support Taiwan with arms loans. The Biden administration gave its blessing last week to a $1 billion arms deal with Taiwan. In addition, Murphy stated that encouraging the two sides to sign a "high-quality free trade deal" was "one of the most essential things Congress can do right now" in terms of improving economic ties with Taiwan. The Biden and Tsai administrations are in the midst of trade agreement negotiations. Republican Scott Franklin of Florida, Democrat Kaiali'i Kahele of Hawaii, Joe Wilson of South Carolina, Andy Barr of Kentucky, Republican Darrell Issa of California, Democrat Claudia Tenney of New York, and Democrat Kat Cammack of Florida are the other American lawmakers that are in the country. The highest ranking official from the United States to visit Taiwan in 25 years was Pelosi. In retaliation, China conducted extensive military drills that included launching missiles over the island and sending ships through the Taiwan Strait's middle, which had previously served as a demilitarised zone between the two sides. In Japan's exclusive economic zone, some of the missiles made landfall. High-level international trips to the island are viewed by China as an intrusion into its internal affairs and a tacit endorsement of Taiwanese sovereignty. Some people believed that China's most recent military exercises were a practice run for a future attack on the island, which U.S. military leaders believe could happen in the next few years. Speaking on behalf of the Foreign Ministry, Mao Ning stated that China's opposition to defense cooperation between Washington and Taipei is "constant and obvious" in response to the most recent U.S. arms transfer. At a daily press briefing, Mao said, "We will forcefully reply to activities that threaten China's sovereignty and security and intervene in our domestic affairs. Following Pelosi's visit, a US senator and another congressional delegation, as well as public figures from Japan and Palau, paid visits to Taiwan. Furthermore, the governors of Arizona and Indiana paid trips with an emphasis on semiconductors, an area dominated by Taiwanese enterprises.