08.02.22SULLIVAN, SENATE COLLEAGUES SUPPORT VISIT TO TAIWAN BY SPEAKER PELOSI WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and 25 of his colleagues—including Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)—today issued the following joint statement in support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stopping in Taiwan during her diplomatic trip to Asia.
“We support Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan. For decades, members of the United States Congress, including previous Speakers of the House, have travelled to Taiwan. This travel is consistent with the United States’ One China policy to which we are committed. We are also committed now, more than ever, to all elements of the Taiwan Relations Act.”
We had 6 elected officials in Taiwan NINE MONTHS ago...so it isn't like this is new. I guess China could see it as an escalation as we had Senators and House Members there 9 Months ago...and Now the highest ranking official in 25 years makes a trip 9 months later.
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The identities of five of the six senators and congressmen currently on a surprise visit to Taiwan have been revealed.
On Tuesday evening, news broke that a U.S. Navy C-40A carrying senators and congressmen had taken off from Clark Air Base in the Philippines and landed at Taipei Songshan Airport. Both Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Office of the President confirmed that American lawmakers were onboard and that it was the result of coordination with the U.S.
The U.S. de facto embassy in Taiwan, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), did not provide any specifics to the media about the trip other than referring reporters to Senator John Cornyn's office, indicating he was among the lawmakers currently in the East Asian nation. According to local media reports, the delegation includes six U.S. legislators, comprised of four senators and two members of the House of Representatives.
The South China Morning Post on Tuesday cited two sources as confirming that Senators John Cornyn and Tommy Tuberville were among them. One of the sources said that Senators Mike Crapo, Mike Lee, and Representative Jake Ellzey were also participating, while the sixth lawmaker has yet to be identified.
The presence of Cornyn and Crapo is notable because they were among a group of senators who introduced the "Taiwan Deterrence Act" last week. The bill would conditionally provide US$2 billion (NT$55.82 billion) a year in foreign military financing for Taiwan.
This is the second visit to Taiwan by standing members of Congress, with the previous trip having taken place on June 6, when Senators Tammy Duckworth, Dan Sullivan, and Christoper Coons made a brief stopover in Taipei. In April, former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd and former Deputy Secretaries of State Richard Armitage and James Steinberg made an unofficial visit to Taiwan at the request of President Joe Biden.
Identities of US congressmen on surprise visit to Taiwan revealed Senators John Cornyn, Tommy Tuberville, Mike Crapo, and Mike Lee among delegation visiting Taiwan
it was an unannounced surprise visit for the previous one. China didn't know they were going so therefore China didn't have an opportunity to Object before hand.
With this it was planned and announced and China had time and opportunity to plan and respond. I'm fairly certain China would have responded the same way 9 months ago had they had any warning or planning time.
That would be why I think it is different this time, but I could be way off