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US delegation reached Taiwan amid tensions with China, know what the plan is this time



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A US congressional delegation visited Taiwan on Wednesday amid tensions
A US Congressional delegation in Taipei to meet with Taiwanese officials
The delegation is due to meet Taiwanese President Tsai Ing Wen on Thursday.

Taipei. Tensions between China and Taiwan have been simmering since US President Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei last month. Tensions also persist over China’s claims to the self-governing island. Meanwhile, a US congressional delegation also visited Taiwan on Wednesday. China has stepped up military exercises against Taiwan since Pelosi’s visit in early August. China sends warships, fighter jets and even drones to Taiwan every day.

According to the AP, a US congressional delegation arrived here to meet with Taiwanese officials after Pelosi’s visit. The eight-member bipartisan delegation is due to meet Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen on Thursday. The delegation is led by Democrat Stephanie Murphy. Murphy is among lawmakers who have introduced a bill in the US Congress that would allow the United States to lend arms in support of Taiwan. It looks like the bill that was passed to lend weapons to Ukraine.

The delegation includes Hawaiian Democrat Kaylee Kahle and Florida Republican Scott Franklin, Joe Wilson of South Carolina, Andy Barr of Kentucky, Darrell Issa of California, Claudia Tenney of New York and Kat Camack of Florida. Significantly, Pelosi was the highest-ranking member of the US government to visit Taiwan in 25 years. China responded by conducting protracted military exercises, which included firing missiles and sending ships through the Taiwan Strait. The Taiwan Strait has long been a buffer zone between the two shores.

China is known to view foreign diplomats visiting Taiwan as interference in its affairs and against Taiwan’s sovereignty. China’s recent military exercises are seen by some as a rehearsal for future military action against Taiwan.

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