EXPLAINER: Why US lawmakers' Taiwan trips keep riling China

EXPLAINER: Why US lawmakers' Taiwan trips keep riling China

EXPLAINER: Why US lawmakers' Taiwan trips keep riling China
Aug 15, 2022 1 min, 17 secs

official in a quarter-century to visit Taiwan, underscoring the longstanding U.S.

So far, China’s response to Markey’s delegation has been more restrained than that of two weeks ago, when Beijing launched days of intensive military maneuvers around Taiwan and froze some ties with the U.S.

government over Pelosi’s visit.

Pelosi framed her trip to Taiwan as part of an obligation by American leaders to stand up for the world’s democratic movements against authoritarian governments.

desire to avoid unnecessary conflict in the region, and praised Taiwan for its restraint as tensions with China rose over Pelosi’s trip.

congressional delegation by announcing new drills in the seas and skies surrounding Taiwan.

When Pelosi visited, Beijing fired missiles over the island and into the Taiwan Strait and sent warplanes and navy ships across the waterway’s midline, long a buffer between the sides.

The latest congressional delegation traveled with far less attention than Pelosi’s did, and the White House likewise has been quieter.

military movements through the Taiwan Strait?

Administration officials had argued in the context of Pelosi’s trip that congressional visits to Taiwan are normal and unremarkable, accusing Beijing of stirring up tensions with caustic rhetoric.

Several officials noted that the Chinese reaction to Markey’s trip was far more subdued than to Pelosi’s.

They also suggested it might be a sign that China is reverting to its routine opposition to congressional travel to the island while cautioning that the continuing Chinese military drills in the Taiwan Strait remain a concern.

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