A US delegation led by Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat from Illinois, arrived in Taipei on an unannounced visit on Monday, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said, CNN reported.
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said 30 Chinese fighter jets made incursions into its Air Defense Identification Zone, or ADIZ, the highest daily figure in more than four months.
In response, the Taiwanese military issued radio warnings and deployed air defense missile systems to monitor activities, the ministry added.
The delegation will meet with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday, where they will discuss “regional security, economic and trade cooperation, and all issues related to US-Taiwanese bilateral relations,” presidential spokesman Xavier Chang said. .
During their visit, the delegation will also meet
Su Tseng-chang and Economic Affairs Minister Wang Mei-hua, before their departure on Wednesday, CNN reported.
The visit comes after President Joe Biden recently made his first presidential trip to Asia – and reignited a conversation about US diplomatic posturing toward Taiwan and mainland China.
Earlier this month, at a press conference in Tokyo, Biden said the United States would intervene militarily if China tried to take Taiwan by force.
The warning appeared to deviate from the deliberate ambiguity traditionally fostered by Washington, although the White House was quick to play down the comments, saying they did not reflect a change in US policy, CNN reported.
Under the “One China” policy, the United States recognizes China’s position that Taiwan is part of China, but has never officially acknowledged Beijing’s claim to the 23 million self-governing island. ‘inhabitants.
The United States provides defensive weapons to Taiwan, but has remained intentionally ambiguous about whether it would intervene militarily in the event of a Chinese attack.
China responded to the president’s strong warning by expressing “strong displeasure and firm opposition” to Biden’s comments, saying it will not allow any outside force to interfere in its “internal affairs”, reported. CNN.
Biden’s warning grabbed headlines around the world – and put the growing tensions between the small Democratic island and its neighboring autocratic superpower back in the spotlight.
Meanwhile, Taiwan has been left out of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, a regional economic plan recently unveiled by Biden during his Asia trip. The setting is Biden’s attempt to engage a region increasingly under China’s influence.
But Taiwan and the United States could start talks to deepen trade and economic ties “within weeks,” two senior Taiwanese government officials told CNN.