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US lawmakers put together plan to 'infuriate' China Nikkei

Politicians are contemplating a brand new congressional go to to Taiwan, in response to a report

The US House of Representatives Select Committee on China is discussing whether or not it ought to ship a congressional delegation to Taiwan regardless of realizing that such a transfer would doubtless rile up Beijing, Nikkei reported on Sunday, citing an American lawmaker.

Congressman Rob Wittman (R-Virginia), who sits on the Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the US and the Chinese Communist Party, instructed the Japanese outlet that a number of the panel’s members are exploring the potential of visiting the self-governed island in a present of help.

Wittman conceded that such a visit would “infuriate the Chinese.” Beijing considers the island an inalienable a part of its territory.

“But I think it’s incredibly important for us to do that, because you have to send the signal that we’re strongly on the side of Taiwan,” he defined.

The committee on China, which was established only a month in the past after the Republicans took over the House following the midterm elections, seeks to answer what the US regards as mounting challenges from Beijing in numerous fields, together with nationwide safety, commerce, and the financial system.

Talking to Nikkei, Wittman famous that the delegation may maintain a discipline listening to in Taiwan ought to the journey happen.

In January, US media reported that new House Speaker Kevin McCarthy might go to the island as early as this spring.

China’s Foreign Ministry warned Washington in opposition to such steps, whereas urging “certain individuals in the US to earnestly abide by the One China principle.” McCarthy responded by saying “I don’t think China can tell me where I can go, at any time, at any place.”

Tensions between the US and China have been on the rise since August, when McCarthy’s predecessor, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, visited Taiwan regardless of objections from Beijing. The transfer put a big pressure on Sino-US ties, with Beijing slamming the go to as “extremely dangerous” and describing it as a risk to regional stability.

Since then, a number of US congressional delegations have visited the island, prompting outcry from China.

Beijing considers Taiwan to be sovereign Chinese territory underneath its One China coverage. The island has been dominated by nationalists since 1949, after they fled the mainland with US assist after shedding the Chinese Civil War to the communists.