US Senator Marsha Blackburn arrived in Taiwan (Photo: Twitter/@MarshaBlackburn)
Taipei: US Senator Marsha Blackburn
arrived in Taiwan
on Thursday. It was the fourth visit by an American politician this month to the island. Notably, tensions between Washington
increased to their highest level in the past few years after the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.
Blackburn landed at Taipei’s Songshan airport on board a US military aircraft. She is a Republican from Tennessee. In a tweet, the US senator said, “I just landed in Taiwan to send a message to Beijing — we will not be bullied. The United States
remains steadfast in preserving freedom around the globe, and will not tolerate efforts to undermine our nation and our allies.”
Blackburn stated it is time to focus on rewarding Taiwan’s commitment to democratic values and ensure that the island has the necessary resources to combat Communist China
and the “New Axis of Evil”. The US senator will meet Taiwan leaders. Blackburn is a US lawmaker on Senate’s commerce and armed services committees. She is
Taiwan’s ministry of foreign affairs thanked the US. The ministry said that it was grateful to the US for demonstrating support and commitment to Taiwan. Earlier this week, Indiana’s Republican governor Eric Holcomb also visited Taiwan.
On August 8, Pelosi visited the self-ruled democratic island. She was the highest-ranking elected American official to visit Taiwan in decades. In retaliation to Pelosi’s visit, China kickstarted military drills around Taiwan.
Notably, China claims Taiwan as its part and has threatened to annex the island by force if necessary. After a civil war in 1949, the two sides split. However, Beijing considers visits by foreign officials to Taiwan as recognising its sovereignty.