Taiwan Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tien Chung-kwang (right) bumps elbow with United States Congressional member Florida Democrat Stephanie Murphy at Taoyuan airport near Taipei, Taiwan, on Wednesday. AP
A steady stream of US visitors has come to meet with Taiwanese officials since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited in early August. China in response has stepped up its military harassment, sending warships, warplanes and even drones towards the island on a daily basis.
Led by Florida Democrat Stephanie Murphy, the delegation met on Thursday morning with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, whose administration China has relentlessly sought to deprive of diplomatic recognition and participation in international organisations.
Referring to China's military threats, Tsai said the delegation's visit "conveys rock solid support for Taiwan from the US Congress."
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (left) waves beside Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office in Taipei. AFP
"Taiwan will not bow to pressure or coercion," Tsai said. "We will defend our democratic institutions and way of life. Taiwan will not back down."
Murphy replied that Congress "should advocate for greater Taiwanese participation in international organisations."
"Taiwan has shown itself to be a responsible member of the international community, especially in public health issues, and it deserves to participate in international fora when appropriate," she said.
Murphy is among lawmakers who introduced a bill that would allow the US to lend weapons to support Taiwan, similar to a bill that had passed to lend weapons to Ukraine. Last week, the Biden administration approved a $1 billion arms sale to Taiwan.
Murphy also said deepening economic relations with Taiwan was "one of the most important things Congress can do right now," particularly by pushing for a "high-quality free trade agreement" between the sides. Negotiations are underway between the Biden and Tsai administrations on a trade pact.
The US military said it sent two Navy warships through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday as the Pentagon increases the frequency of movement through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China.
Taiwan’s export orders contracted for an eighth straight month in June, with global companies increasingly hesitant to make new investments in machinery as the China-US trade war wears on.
Taiwan’s air, sea and land forces conducted a drill to repel an invading force on Thursday, as its defence minister pledged to defend the self-ruled island against China’s rising military threat.
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