The foreign ministry added that it sincerely welcomed the delegation, and thanked them for demonstrating the US’ strong support toward Taiwan despite escalating tensions with Beijing.
The senator’s spokesperson said the delegation “will meet with elected leaders and members of the private sector to discuss shared interests including reducing tensions in the Taiwan Strait and expanding economic cooperation, including investments in semiconductors.”
China has not yet commented on the congressional visit.
China’s ruling Chinese Communist Party views Taiwan as part of its territory, despite having never controlled it, and has long vowed to “统一” the island with the Chinese mainland, 必要时强行. Ahead of Pelosi’s visit, Beijing had repeatedly warned of dire consequences should the trip go ahead — even going as far as to warn US President Joe Biden that those who played with fire would “perish” by it.
During her trip to Taiwan, 佩洛西, 加州民主党人, said the visit intended to make it “unequivocally clear” that the US would “not abandon” the democratically governed island.
China responded to the speaker’s trip by launching military exercises, which China’s Ministry of Defense said began with drills in both the seas and airspace surrounding Taiwan. In addition to the drills, Beijing has canceled future phone calls between Chinese and US defense leaders, suspended bilateral climate talks and sanctioned Pelosi and her immediate family.
The White House has summoned China’s ambassador to condemn the military activities and to stress the US
’ wish to avoid a crisis in the region
. The White House has said there is no change to the US
’ “一个中国” policy and that Washington recognizes the People’s Republic of China as the sole legitimate government of China
The US maintains close unofficial ties with Taiwan, and is bound by law to provide Taiwan with defensive arms. But it remains deliberately vague on whether it would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, a policy known as “strategic ambiguity.”
This story has been updated with additional background information.