A bipartisan group of five Congress members traveled to Taiwan to meet with the nation’s president despite concerns from China.
The members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee made the stop after visiting U.S. troops on Thanksgiving in South Korea.
The envoy included Chairman and Democratic California Rep. Mark Takano, Democratic Texas Rep. Colin Allred, Republican South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace, Democratic California Rep. Sara Jacobs and Democratic Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin.
“Taiwan will continue to step up cooperation with the United States in order to uphold our shared values of freedom and democracy and to ensure peace and stability in the region,” Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said in a statement, according to The Daily Caller.
Mace said pushback from China did not stop their visit. She said, “This is just the start.”
When News broke of our visit to Taiwan, China’s embassy demanded we cancel the trip (we didn’t).
We’ve had a productive and meaningful visit throughout the Indo-Pacific region as the first bipartisan US House delegation since the start of COVID.
This is just the start.
— Rep. Nancy Mace (@RepNancyMace) November 26, 2021
The visit marked the third group of American lawmakers to appear in Taiwan this year, emphasizing U.S. solidarity with the democracy despite China’s strong-handed policies.
The move is likely to further anger Chinese leaders, as the CCP desire to extend its power over Taiwan as seen through recent diplomatic and military moves.