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US Representative Nancy Mays, R.C., and four other members of Congress traveled to Taiwan this week for a meeting with its president, in an unannounced visit organized in defiance of the Chinese government.

“When the news broke of our visit to Taiwan, the Embassy of China demanded that we cancel the trip (we didn’t),” Mays wrote on Twitter about the meeting with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen . “We have had a productive and fruitful journey across the Indo-Pacific as the first bipartisan US House delegation since the start of COVID. This is just the beginning.”

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US Representative Alyssa Slotkin, D-Mich., tweeted that her office “received a clear message from the Chinese Embassy asking me to cease travel.”

Mace, Slotkin and three other House members met with Tsai at the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto US embassy in Taipei, to confirm America’s “rock-solid” support for the island, which China considers a rogue territory.

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A Beijing spokesman claimed the meeting was a violation of the “one-China policy”, the idea that the US does not officially recognize Taiwan’s sovereignty but can maintain non-diplomatic relations with the island.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, “That individual US politicians only want to challenge the one-China principle and embrace ‘Taiwan independence’ forces has caused a deep outrage of 1.4 billion Chinese people.” He said the integration of Taiwan and China was “an unstoppable historical trend”.

Taiwan has been autonomous since the Chinese Civil War in 1949.

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Democratic Reps. Sarah Jacobs, D-California.; Mark Takano, D-California.; and Colin Allred, D-Texas were also part of the delegation.

“Taiwan will continue to increase cooperation with the United States to uphold our shared values ​​of freedom and democracy, and to ensure peace and stability in the region,” Tsai said in a statement about the meeting.

This was the third visit by US lawmakers to Taiwan this year and came just weeks after a group of six Republican members of Congress visited the island.

President Biden said last month that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a phone call, addressed a decade-old practice of non-aggression toward the island related to the “one China policy” after Beijing’s military sent a record 145 fighter jets to Taiwan. agreed to abide by the agreement. Air Defense Zone.

Most recently, China rebuffed Biden’s invitation to Taiwan to attend a virtual global democracy summit on December 9 and 10. Beijing called it a “mistake” and urged the US to stick to the “one-China policy”. Guardian,

Retired Brigadier Wilson Center Global Fellow General Peter B. Zwack told Granthshala News during an appearance on “America’s Newsroom” that the U.S. and the rest of the global community need to consider Taiwan “weapons, trainers and … [decide] How … the world – perhaps led by the United States – responds to a China that is globally interconnected and in that sense too weak” to help Taiwan march toward independence.