US senator Tammy Duckworth has arrived in Taiwan for a three-day visit during which she will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen and other top government officials, according to the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The parliamentarian landed on Monday night at the local Taoyuan airport on a commercial flight and was received by Deputy Foreign Minister Harry Tseng.the ministry reported in a press release.
In addition to meeting with Tsai, Duckworth will also meet with Premier Su Tseng-chang, Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. to exchange views on topics of mutual interest.
Among the issues to be discussed are regional security, trade and investment, as well as global supply chains, according to the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto “embassy” of the North American country on the island in the absence of formal diplomatic ties. .
Duckworth, whose visit is part of a larger tour of the Indo-Pacific region, already visited Taiwan for a day in June last year with Senators Dan Sullivan and Chris Coons.
The legislators then announced that The US would donate 750,000 doses of a vaccine against covid-19 to Taiwan at a time when the island ran out of vaccines during a spike in coronavirus cases.
In the last year, several delegations of US congressmen and senators – the last one, on April 15 – have visited Taiwan, a territory whose sovereignty China claims.
Taiwan is one of the main reasons for the conflict between Beijing and Washington, mainly because the North American country is Taiwan’s main arms supplier and could be its greatest military ally in a hypothetical war with China.
China has considered Taiwan a rogue province since the Kuomintang nationalists withdrew there in 1949 after losing the civil war against the communists.