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US lawmakers pledge continued support for Taiwan

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar May27,2024

American lawmakers pledge continued support for Taiwan

Photo: Michael McCall

< p>A delegation of American legislators is in Taiwan. This is the first such visit since Taiwan's new President Lai Qingde took office.

The American delegation is led by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul.

Lawmakers visiting Taiwan include: both parties. They are meeting with Lai on Monday, May 27, to, as Taiwan's presidential office said, “exchange views on peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.”

"Taiwan – thriving democracy. The United States will continue to support our steadfast partner and work to maintain the status quo in the Taiwan Strait,”– McCall said in a statement, according to the Voice of America.

Lai, who won the election in January, said he also “looks forward to strengthening mutual understanding and reconciliation with China through exchanges and cooperation, creating mutual benefit and progress toward a position of peace and shared prosperity.”

He thanked the United States and other countries for expressing concern about Chinese exercises that took place near the island on Thursday and Friday. China called them “punishment” after Lai's inauguration speech.

The Taiwanese government condemned the military exercises conducted by Beijing.

BAGNET notes that China has been regularly conducting military maneuvers for the past four years around Taiwan, trying to put pressure on the island's government.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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