U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said Friday that the nation wants China to pay a “greater price” for its activities and actions around the world, especially for its alleged backing for Russia during the invasion of Ukraine and cyber attacks on Taiwan. These comments from Graham came at a time when he is currently visiting Taiwan as part of a group of six U.S. politicians led by Senator Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. According to a Sputnik report, the team landed in Taiwan on an unannounced visit to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen and National Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng.
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Speaking to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, Lindsey Graham said: “We want to start getting China to pay a higher price for what they do around the world. Support for (Russian President Vladimir) Putin has come. a price.” He indicates Taiwan’s economy and people, adding: “The Communist Chinese’s endless cyber attacks on your economy and your people must have a price.”
Furthermore, speculation surrounding the visit of US lawmakers has been circulating for a few weeks, with the visit originally scheduled for last weekend. According to media reports, the delegation’s visit was postponed after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tested positive for COVID-19.
U.S. Senators’ visit to Taiwan, according to Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian, is seriously undermining the foundations of China-US relations. Beijing has often chastised the United States for maintaining formal ties with Taiwan, claiming that such activities violate China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and contribute to regional instability.
The United States reaffirmed its support for Taiwan
In February, the U.S. State Department reaffirmed its support for Taiwan, saying it is “rock solid” and helping regional peace and stability. The authorities stated that they will continue to deepen their ties with democratic Taiwan in order to achieve common development, security and values with its partners. They went on to say that they will continue to support Taiwan’s credible self-defense.
According to media reports, the authorities had noted: “There has been no change in the US one-China policy, which is based on Taiwan’s governance law, the three joint communiqués and six assurances. US support for Taiwan is rock solid.”
Meanwhile, the $ 800 million fresh aid package, signed by US President Joe Biden, is expected to arrive in Europe amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A senior defense official told CNN that the first plane containing the $ 800 million in additional US aid to Ukraine is likely to arrive in the region within the next 24 hours.