Members Of Congress Visit Taiwan Despite China’s Dire Warnings

Five bipartisan members of Congress went to Taiwan to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen after serving food to U.S. troops on Thanksgiving, all while defying orders from China.

Members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, including Chairman and Democratic California Rep. Mark Takano, Democratic Texas Rep. Colin Allred, Republican South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace, Democratic California Rep. Sara Jacobs, and Democratic Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin, served Thanksgiving lunch to troops stationed in South Korea before heading to Taiwan.

Since then, the group met with Ing-wen, who released a statement following their meeting.

“Taiwan will continue to step up cooperation with the United States in order to uphold our shared values of freedom and democracy and to ensure peace and stability in the region,” Ing-wen said in a statement.

Mace and Slotkin said that China had warned them not to go to Taiwan with Mace saying that China’s embassy had demanded they cancel their trip.

“When News broke of our visit to Taiwan, China’s embassy demanded we cancel the trip (we didn’t). We’ve had a productive and meaningful visit throughout the Indo-Pacific region as the first bipartisan US House delegation since the start of COVID. This is just the start,” Mace tweeted Friday.

Slotkin said her office “received a blunt message” from the Chinese Embassy, demanding she call off the trip. She added that the auto industry’s largest supplier of microchips is in Taiwan and they also discussed supply chain issues while there.

This was the third visit U.S. lawmakers have made to Taiwan in 2021.

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