A US congressional delegation arrived in Taiwan for a two-day visit

Members of the honor guard take part in a flag-raising ceremony at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, August 6, 2022. REUTERS/Jameson Wu (JAMESON WU/)

A delegation from the United States Congress arrived on Wednesday at taiwan for a two-day visit that will allow the deputies to meet the Taiwanese president, Tsai Ing Wenand several high officials of the island.

Among the parliamentarians who have traveled to Taiwan are the Republicans Ken Calvert, Tom Cole, Dave Joyce, Mike Garcia, and Steve Womackas well as Democrat Ed Case.

It is expected that the congressmen will also hold meetings with the Foreign Minister of Taiwan, Joseph Wuand the Secretary General of the National Security Council, Gu Lixiongaccording to information from the Central News Agency (CNA).

All of them will address the possibility of strengthening cooperation in the fields of security, trade and economy as the tension between China and Taiwan increases, which has suffered an increase especially as a result of the visit of the now former speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.

The Asian giant perceived this visit as a sign of support for the island’s independence forces and launched a military exercise that included combat drills and live fire in areas near the island.

Official relations between Beijing and Taipei were suspended in 1949.after the forces of the Chinese nationalist Kuomintang party, led by Chiang Kai Shek, suffered a defeat in the civil war against the Communist Party of China and moved into Taiwan.

Links between Taiwan and mainland China were restored only at the business and informal level in the late 1980s, although Beijing continues to view the island as one more province under its sovereignty.

FILE PHOTO: An F-16 fighter takes off during a military exercise at the Zhi-Hang airbase in Taitung, Taiwan, January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
FILE PHOTO: An F-16 fighter takes off during a military exercise at the Zhi-Hang airbase in Taitung, Taiwan, January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (TYRONE SIU/)

Increase in military spending

defense spending taiwan this year will focus on prepare weapons and equipment for a possible “total blockade” by Chinaincluding parts for F-16 fighters and weapons replacement, according to the Taiwanese army.

In a document to request the approval of the parliamentary budget, a copy of which he had access to ReutersTaiwan’s defense ministry said it began reviewing its strategic fuel reserves and repair capabilities last year, but gave no details.

In “anticipation of a total blockade of the Taiwan Strait,” this year’s spending would include the replenishment of artillery and rocket stocks, as well as parts for F-16 fighters “to bolster the continuity of combat.”the ministry said.

In an update to its China threat assessment, the Taiwanese ministry said the Chinese military has been carrying out joint force operations with a view to controlling strategic choke points and denying access to foreign forces.

“Recently, the exercise and training model of the communist army has been adjusted from a single military type to joint operations of land, sea, air and rocket forces,” said the document, released before Defense Minister Chiu Kuo. -cheng, will take questions from Taiwanese parliamentarians on Wednesday.

It is taking a real warfare approach and moving from training to combat readiness.”

Xi Jinping renewed his threat to Taiwan

the president of china, Xi Jinpingproclaimed on Monday that “reunification” with Taiwan is “essential for China’s revitalization”during a speech delivered at the closing session of the National People’s Assembly (ANP, Legislative), the main political event in the country every year.

Xi assured that reunification is “a common aspiration of the Chinese nation” and stressed the need to “oppose external forces” and “secessionists”.

The president, re-elected last Friday for a third presidential term (2023-2028) unprecedented among his predecessors, called for upholding the “one China principle” and “adhering to the ‘1992 Consensus’”whereby Taipei and Beijing acknowledge that there is only one China although they differ on which is the ‘real’ one.

(With information from Europa Press)

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