A bipartisan group of Congress delegates has vowed to back Taiwan if Beijing launches a military assault on the island, expressing confidence that America would come to its assistance.
The group of five Senators and a House Representative were meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday, April 15, in an unannounced visit.
According to Focus Taiwan, chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Menendez, who led the group, remarked, “As a co-chair of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, I am proud to be back to reaffirm our rock-solid relationship with Taiwan.”
South China Morning Post reported that Senator Lindsey Graham said, “If you ask what would America do if the Chinese Communist Party becomes more provocative against Taiwan, I am convinced we would stand for what we love and we would stand with you.”
He added, “To abandon Taiwan would be to abandon democracy and freedom. It would be to abandon free trade. It would reward the worst of humanity. We are here today to show our support for Taiwan.”
On Friday, Beijing conducted military drills around Taiwan in response to the visit which it condemned as “deliberately provocative.”
Menendez said the move “did not dissuade us from coming” and would “not dissuade us in the future in supporting Taiwan.”
He continued, “With Taiwan producing 90 percent of the world’s high-end semiconductor products, it is a country of global significance, of global consequence, of global impact. And therefore, it should be understood that the security of Taiwan has a global impact.”
The other members of the group are senators Richard Burr, Ben Sasse, and Rob Portman, and congressman Ronny Jackson.
Meanwhile, President Tsai said that democracies must strengthen their alliances and stand united against the threats posed by authoritarian nations that seek to disrupt regional peace in light of the Russian attack on Ukraine.
The visit came as there has been speculation that Beijing may take advantage of the Ukraine situation to launch an attack on Taiwan while the U.S. is preoccupied with the European conflict.