Five American legislators arrived in Taiwan for an unannounced stay just days after Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the House Speaker, set off conflict with China following her visit to the self-ruled island.
The Senate Foreign Relations East Asia, Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Subcommittee’s chairman Ed Markey (D-MA), served as the lead for the shock delegation.
The other four members were Representatives John Garamendi (D-CA), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), and Don Beyer (D-VA) from the Democratic Party, along with Representative Amata Radewagen of American Samoa who is a member of the Republican Party.
After Markey visited South Korea to reaffirm the U.S.-South Korean Alliance, he arrived in Taiwan on a separate flight to meet with the other U.S. lawmakers
In a statement, Markey expressed that the relationship between the U.S. and South Korea is founded on similar interests and values, such as nuclear disarmament and climate change mitigation. He went on to say that this alliance is more important than ever.
“After meeting with President Yoon and other high-ranking government officials, it was clear that our two countries are ready to face global challenges head-on. North Korea’s weapons continue to get larger, more diverse, and more dangerous, as does the threat they pose to our allies in the region. During my meetings and visit to the DMZ, we talked about how to maintain pressure on multiple fronts and keep diplomatic efforts going until we find a solution that will protect Americans and our allies from a nuclear Kim regime,” he added.
The arrival of the US delegation to Taiwan comes just days after Pelosi’s contentious stay on the island. Chinese authorities rebuffed threats from before her arrival, and military exercises occurred near Taiwan following her departure.
Pelosi stated that the world is currently facing a deciding moment between democracy and autocracy during her meeting with Taiwan’s president. She went on to say that America will continue fighting to preserve democracies globally.
Taiwan’s government scrambled its air reconnaissance patrols and vessels after the Chinese regime staged an island invasion as part of its fourth straight day of military training on Saturday, according to the Daily Wire.