China announced more military exercises around Taiwan and a CCP spokesman threatened “stronger and stronger measures” on Monday, while a second US delegation on Sunday visited the island just weeks after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Stepped on.
According to the American Institute of Taiwan, the delegation was led by Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, and included Democratic Reps. John Garamendi and Alan Lowenthal of California, Don Beer of Virginia and Auma Amata Coleman Redwigen of American Samoa. The trip was unannounced and lawmakers are due to leave the island on Monday.
The institute said in a press release that the Democrats “met with senior Taiwanese leaders to discuss U.S.-Taiwan relations, regional security, trade and investment, global supply chains, climate change, and other important issues of mutual interest.” of.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin responded to the delegation’s visit, saying, “China will take resolute and strong measures to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Aligning itself with the separatists in Taiwan and the One China principle Trying to challenge is a misnomer and will get these small numbers of American politicians nowhere.
According to CNN, China has also started military exercises around Taiwan, with 30 warplanes and five ships being spotted directly over Taiwan on Monday.
The military drills are “a serious response to the political dramas of the US and Taiwan that are undermining the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait,” said Shi Yi, senior colonel of the Eastern Theater Command. “We will take all necessary measures and resolutely defend national sovereignty and the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait.”
China sent repeated threats and launched a series of military exercises when Pelosi traveled to Taiwan, becoming the highest-ranking official to visit the island since then-Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1997. “
The Chinese Foreign Ministry condemned Pelosi’s decision to travel to the island despite warnings that “those playing with fire will perish.”
President Joe Biden told Chinese President Xi Jinping that the U.S. stands firmly behind its “one-China policy,” but China viewed Pelosi’s visit as undermining the deal, with its State Department saying the U.S. Trying to use “Taiwan to control China”.