Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth promised American assistance for Taiwan while consulting with President Tsai Ing-wen. This is the Democrat’s second journey to the island country, which is considered by the Peoples Republic of China to be a ‘rogue province’.
“I do want to say that it is more than just about military. It’s also about the economy,” Duckworth said during a meeting with Tsai. She emphasized the economic and security ties between Taipei and Washington.
Her three-day journey to the independent island was not revealed prior to May 30.
“We thank our country’s good friend for the rock-solid support & wish her a productive 3-day visit aimed at deepening understanding on various issues,” Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote on Twitter.
“America will not abandon Taiwan,” Duckworth said during the visit according to The Hill.
She added, “We will show up, and not let them face trials and tribulations alone.”
Duckworth formerly went to Taiwan with Senator Chris Coons of Delaware and Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska in June of 2021. The authorities revealed the U.S. would send out 750,000 dosages of COVID-19 vaccines to the island.
Her recent trip was denounced by the Chinese Communist Government.
“Taiwan is a province of China, and there is no so-called president,” saint Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian, per AP News. “The U.S. government has recently sent a series of erroneous signals on the Taiwan issue… What the U.S. government should do is to put into practice President Biden’s remarks that the U.S. does not seek a new Cold War with China, does not aim to change China’s system … and does not support Taiwan independence.”
Duckworth’s visit comes days after she introduced the Strengthen Taiwan’s Security Act, which would supply non-military and military help to the Taiwanese federal government for its defense.
“Taiwan is an important strategic partner for the U.S. in the Indo-Pacific region, and, as China continues its destabilizing policies, I am strongly committed to helping Taiwan develop its military defenses,” Duckworth said in a statement. “That’s one of the reasons I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation that would strengthen our support for Taiwan and provide it with the tools it needs to protect itself from any unwarranted attack.”
Formally, the United States Department of State does not have a diplomatic relationship with Taiwan. To acknowledge Taiwan as an independent country would breach the Chinese Communist Party’s “One China” policy and would be viewed as an act of aggressiveness.
At a presser in Tokyo recently, Joe Biden stated the U.S. would militarily step in if China were to attack Taiwan.
Duckworth is presently looking for reelection. A Democrat and Army veteran, she has actually required universal background checks and an attack weapons restriction in current days. She has actually not resolved her journey to Taiwan on any of her social media profiles.