American officials visit Taiwan

13:40, 26 November 2021
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A group of five US lawmakers has arrived in Taiwan to meet with government officials, US media reported.

A delegation led by Democrat Mark Takano, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, landed at Taipei's Songshan airport on Thursday evening. The delegation included another four lawmakers: Sarah Jacobs, Elissa Slotkin, Nancy Mays, and Colin Allred.

The American officials met with President Tsai, National Security Secretary-General Wellington Koo, and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, among others.

“We are here in Taiwan this week to remind our partners and allies, after two trying years that we’ve endured, that our commitment and shared responsibility for a free and secure Indo-Pacific region remain stronger than ever,” the US representative Mark Takano said.

In addition, he added that the US relationship with Taiwan is “rock solid and has remained steadfast as the ties between us have deepened”.

The American Institute in Taiwan - de facto US embassy in Taipei - announced that the group will be in Taiwan until Friday.

“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 President Tsai Ing-wen said.

The visit comes just a couple of days after US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a virtual summit that also discussed Taiwan. 

Biden also claimed that the United States does not encourage Taiwan's independence.