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US Senator Marsha Blackburn arrives in Taiwan

Taipei: A US senator from the US Senate Commerce and Armed Services Committee arrived in Taiwan on Thursday, the third visit by US dignitaries this month, despite pressure from Beijing to cut off the visit.

Live television footage from downtown Songshan Airport showed Martha Blackburn arriving in Taiwan’s capital Taipei on a US military plane. Blackburn’s office said she was greeted by the director general of Taiwan’s foreign ministry, Xu Douglas, on the airport tarmac.

US Senator Marsha Blackburn flew into Taipei and was greeted by Douglas Yu-Tien Hsu, director of Taiwan’s Office of North American Affairs.Credit:Associated press

“Taiwan is our strongest partner in the Indo-Pacific. Regular high-level visits to Taipei have been a longstanding U.S. policy,” Blackburn said in a statement. “I will not be bullied by Communist China and turn my back on the island.”

After US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in early August, China held military exercises near Taiwan, which claimed Taiwan as its own territory, against strong government opposition. democratically elected from Taipei.

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said Black met with President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday and planned to meet with Wellington, the top security official, and Foreign Minister Wu Zhaoxie in a visit that ends on Saturday.

“The two sides will have an in-depth exchange of views on issues such as Taiwan-US security and economic and trade relations,” the Foreign Ministry added in a brief statement.

Liu Pengyu, spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Washington, pledged that Beijing would take unspecified “resolute countermeasures” against what he called the “provocation” by the United States.

“This visit proves once again that the United States does not want to see the situation in the Taiwan Strait stabilize and spares no effort to provoke a confrontation across the Strait and interfere in China’s internal affairs. said Liu in a statement.

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