US lawmakers arrive in Taiwan to meet with local officials

A bipartisan group of American lawmakers came to Taiwan to meet with local officials as part of a much larger delegation trip to visit various Asian nations.

“After celebrating Thanksgiving with US troops in Korea, I just landed in Taiwan. After the stops in Japan and Korea, it will be good to connect with the leaders here to discuss a host of economic and national security issues, ”said Rep. Elissa slotkinElissa Slotkin For Democrats, it should be about votes, not megaphones Hillicon Valley – Presented by Ericsson – House passes Biden plan with 0M for cyber group Top House Democrat launches six-figure ad campaign to sell infrastructure package MORE (D-Mich.) He tweeted on Thursday.

“The largest microchip supplier in the auto industry is here in Taiwan, so supply chain issues will definitely be on the agenda,” he added.

Slotkin said the Chinese embassy in Washington, DC, had tried to dissuade her from going to Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its territory.

While the United States recognizes Beijing as the sovereign authority over China, including Taiwan, it has long maintained unofficial diplomatic relations with Taipei.

“When the news of our trip broke yesterday, my office received a direct message from the Chinese embassy, ​​telling me to cancel the trip,” Slotkin wrote. “But as with other stops, we are here to learn about the region and reaffirm America’s commitment to our hosts, the Taiwanese. I look forward to an informative trip. “

Representative Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.), Who also attended the trip, said in a statement Thursday that the trip was organized by the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee Mark TakanoMark Allan Takano Photos of the Week: President Biden, Kenosha Protest and a Clemency for Peanut Butter House Passes Bill to Expand Veterans’ Access to COVID-19, Flu Vaccines VA Secretary Pledges to Host to hundreds of homeless veterans in Los Angeles by the end of the year MORE (D-Calif.) Other members who travel there include the representatives. Nancy maceNancy Mace Equilibrium / Sustainability – Presented by Southern Company – Pledged Money Will Not Go to Indigenous Causes Overnight Defense and National Security – Presented by Boeing – Senate Passes Defense Bill Pediatrician Reveals Republican Party Challenge to Mace in South Carolina MORE (RS.C.) and Colin Allred (D-Texas.)

Jacobs said Thursday that he celebrated Thanksgiving with service members and veterans while in South Korea.

“I was honored to spend Thanksgiving with veterans and service members in South Korea. We ask a lot from our military families, especially during the last year and a half during Covid. With so many unable to travel home to see their family, I felt it was important to come and bring them a little home. I am grateful for the opportunity to show you our gratitude this holiday season, ”she said in her statement.

The trip to Taiwan comes as tensions between China and Taiwan have steadily escalated. During a CNN town hall earlier this year, President BidenJoe Biden Overnight Health Care: Federals and Military Over 90 Percent Vaccination Rates Cities Prepare Holiday Safety Plans for Large Crowds On The Money: Biden’s Big Plans for the Fed MORE it seemed to indicate that the United States would defend Taiwan if it encountered an attack from China. However, the White House later retracted those statements.

The Hill has reached out to Takano’s office and the Chinese embassy for comment.

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