TO 12 days away from the visit of the speaker of the Chamber Nancy Pelosi in Taiwan, five representatives of the American Congress landed in Taipei for a two day visit to the island. The delegation led by the Democratic Senator from Massachusetts Ed Markeywill meet senior executives to discuss US-Taiwan relations, regional security, trade, of investments and other issues. With Markey, there are Democratic MPs John Garamendi, Alan Lowenthal and Don Beyer, and Republican MP Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen. The American Institute in Taiwan (Ait), the de facto American embassy, which also underlined the importance of this visit in the framework of bilateral relations between Washington and Taipei, reported on the visit of the delegates of the American Congress.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense of Taiwan confirmed the approach of six warships and at least 29 Chinese military aircraft to the midline of the strait that separates the island from Chinese territory. At least 13 aircraft have crossed the midline, entering what Taipei it considers its air safety zone and which, according to the Chinese deputy foreign minister, Ma Zhaoxu, “does not exist”. Taiwan’s response was immediate, alerting its defense and calling on Chinese forces to move away from the area.
The 10 last AugustBeijing said concluded military maneuvers around Taiwan, continuing to control the area with normal patrols. “The troops will keep an eye on the changing situation in the Taiwan Strait, continue to carry out military training and preparations, regularly organize combat readiness patrols, and will resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said the theater command. of the Chinese armed forces after the announcement of the end of the maneuvers.
Beijing continues to see Taiwan as an integral part ofl Chinese territory. She officially reiterated this in white paper on Taiwan drawn up by the Taiwan Affairs Office of the Chinese State Council, and circulated through the official Xinhua news agency just the day after the end of the military maneuvers. In the document entitled “The Taiwan question and the reunification of China in the new era”, Beijing proposes the reunification project of Taiwan to China on the basis of the one country two systems model. Taipei continues, for its part, to reject this project by claiming its own independence.