China is staging military exercises while U.S. lawmakers are visiting Taiwan
China is staging military exercises while U.S. lawmakers are visiting Taiwan

China is staging military exercises while U.S. lawmakers are visiting Taiwan

China will continue to take strong measures to resolutely secure its sovereignty and territorial integrity: Foreign Minister

China will continue to take strong measures to resolutely secure its sovereignty and territorial integrity: Foreign Minister

China said its military staged exercises Friday to bolster its threat to use force to bring Taiwan under its control, which U.S. lawmakers visit Taiwan issued a pointed and public statement of their support for the autonomous island democracy while issuing a warning to China.

The six lawmakers met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday morning and were also scheduled to meet with the island’s defense minister.

The military exercises carried out by the People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theater Command in areas opposite Taiwan were “a countermeasure to recent U.S. negative actions, including the visit of a delegation of lawmakers to Taiwan,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said.

China will “continue to take strong measures to resolutely ensure its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Zhao added.

China is against any official exchange between Taiwan Government and other foreign governments because it claims that Taiwan is part of its national territory and not an independent country. China and Taiwan split after a civil war in 1949.

The Eastern Theater Command described the exercises in a statement as “a necessary action based on the current security situation in the Taiwan Strait and the need to protect national sovereignty.”

“Taiwan is a sacred and inalienable part of Chinese territory. There is no room for any foreign interference in the Taiwan issue,” the statement said.

As part of the delegation of visits U.S. lawmakers, Late. Robert Menendez of New Jersey gave a speech on Friday in which he praised Taiwan’s democracy and its global status as a manufacturer of semiconductor chips used in everything from cars to smartphones, and warned of the consequences if that status was jeopardized.

“It is a country of global significance, of global consequence, of global impact, and therefore it should be understood that Taiwan’s security has a global impact on those who want evil,” said Menendez, head of the Senate’s Foreign Relations. The committee in a speech at Taiwan’s presidential office.

He stressed that “we are not seeking any conflict with China, as I believe Taiwan is not seeking any conflict with China.”

The delegation, led by Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, also includes Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, Senator Robert Portman of Ohio, Senator Benjamin Sasse of Nebraska, and Rep. Ronny Jackson from Texas.

Tsai said she welcomed their visit, hoping it would help deepen US-Taiwan cooperation.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “We have proven that democracies need to strengthen their alliances, and together we can defend ourselves against the threats of authoritarian nations seeking to disrupt regional peace,” Tsai said.

The United States is the Democratic island’s largest unofficial ally and has increased arms sales to Taiwan in recent years. By law, the United States is obligated to assist Taiwan with weapons that are of a defensive nature. However, the question of whether the United States will intervene in the event of a military invasion of China remains open.

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