Just weeks after there were concerns that World War III was about to pop off in the South Pacific thanks to Nancy Pelosi, another delegation of US lawmakers appears to be willing to poke the dragon.
Madame Speaker’s bombastic visit to Taiwan completely enraged Beijing, as it made a mockery of the long-held “one China” policy that has held together the fragile peace of the region. Soon, Chinese warships were spending extended amounts of time in the region, conducting large-scale military drills meant to intimidate the self-governed territory.
Now, adding insult to injury, another group of US officials have touched down in Taipei for an unannounced visit that could push China even further toward the brink.
A group of five U.S. lawmakers landed in Taiwan on Sunday in another high-level visit that comes just days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi enraged China with a trip to the self-governed island.
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., is leading the unannounced delegation. The group of lawmakers will meet with Taiwanese officials throughout Sunday. China has condemned such visits in the past, but has yet to release a statement regarding Markey’s group.
A number of lawmakers made the journey.
Other members of the delegation include Democratic Reps. John Garamendi of California, Alan Lowenthal of California, and Don Beyer of Virginia, and Republican Rep. Amata Radewagen of American Samoa.
The move could once again inflame tensions between China and the US, and at a time in which many global experts agree that Beijing is seriously considering an all-out invasion of Taiwan.
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