Visiting U.S. lawmakers voice support for Taiwan

A group of visiting US congressional lawmakers expressed support for Taiwan and stressed the global importance of its security.

The six-member bipartisan group met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei on Friday.

Tsai welcomed them and said, “Taiwan has always been a loyal and steadfast partner of the United States in the Indo-Pacific region. We look forward to playing an active role in the new Indo-Pacific strategy.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham pledged her support for Taiwan, saying “to give up Taiwan would be to give up democracy and freedom.”

Democratic Senator Robert Menendez noted that Taiwan produces 90% of the world’s high-end semiconductor chips, and said it should be understood that Taiwan’s security has a global impact.

China’s defense ministry spokesman on Friday condemned the U.S. lawmakers’ visit, saying it defied the country’s strong opposition and led to further escalation of tension in the Taiwan Strait.

Meanwhile, the Chinese military’s Eastern Theater Command said on Friday it had conducted military patrols and exercises by dispatching frigates, bombers and fighter jets to the East China Sea and the region around it. from Taiwan.