A delegation from the United States Congress is landed in Taiwan by surprise yesterday
, less than two weeks after the visit of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senator dem Ed Markey, with four deputies, is in Taipei for a two-day mission, in which he has already met President Tsai and several ministers. The Chinese nationalist tabloid Global times yesterday announced “military operations around the island, an inalienable part of China,” and today the Beijing military confirmed it had conducted “new exercises.”
The new exercises, the People’s Liberation Army writes in a note, must “A serious deterrent to the United States and Taiwan from continuing with their ugly political jokes that undermine peace and stability in the Straits”.
Alreadythe visit of Nancy Pelosi
in Taiwan, it had sparked days of threatening exercises by China, including missile launches on the island and in the Taiwan Strait. China has also sent fighter jets and military ships. China views formal contacts between US politicians and the island government as support for its independence from Beijing, and while it claims to use peaceful means to bring Taiwan under its control, the recent “sabre-clapping” instead emphasizes military intent.
The five-member Congressional delegation, led by Democratic Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey, will meet other government and private sector representatives. Tensions in the Taiwan Strait and investment in Taiwan’s critical semiconductor industry are predictable. Other delegates include Republican Representative Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen, a delegate from American Samoa, and Democrats John Garamendi and Alan Lowenthal of California and Don Beyer of Virginia.