Following the example of US politician Nancy Pelosi, other US congressmen are visiting Taiwan. For China, this is a renewed provocation. In response, they are announcing further military exercises around the island state.
Almost two weeks after the dispute over the visit to Taiwan by US top politician Nancy Pelosi, the visit of another US delegation to Taipei has triggered new tensions with Beijing. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen received the five congressmen led by Democratic Senator Ed Markey at the presidential palace, local media reported. The Chinese side spoke of another "provocation" and announced new maneuvers around the democratic island republic in order to increase the pressure on Taiwan and the USA.
China had already organized large-scale military exercises in response to the visit of the US House of Representatives, Pelosi, to Taiwan. A sea and air blockade of Taiwan and a possible conquest were practiced. The Chinese leadership rejects official contacts from other countries to Taiwan because they see the island as part of the People's Republic. On the other hand, Taiwan sees itself as independent.
US officials' stop in Taiwan comes as part of a larger tour of the Indo-Pacific region. Taiwan is said to be about relations with the United States, regional security, trade, global supply chains and climate change, according to the US side.