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CNA: Three U.S. Senators Visited Taiwan

Primary Taiwanese news agency Central News Agency (CNA) recently reported that, according to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT, the de facto Embassy of the United States in Taiwan), three U.S. Senators will be visiting Taiwan on June 6. The visit intends to discuss topics on the U.S.-Taiwan relationship and regional security. Senator Ladda Tammy Duckworth (D), Senator Daniel Scott Sullivan (R) are members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senator Christopher Andrew Coons (D) is a member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, the Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, a member of Senate Committee on Appropriations, and a co-sponsor of the Taiwan Assurance Act (also known as the Taipei Act).  The Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said these U.S. senators are all long-term supporters of Taiwan, and they are prioritizing the visit to Taiwan to demonstrate their firm bi-partisan support of Taiwan in the U.S. Senate. This is the first international visit that the Senate Armed Services Committee planned to have, after the breakout of the Covid-19 Pandemic last year. The whole U.S. Senate visiting group includes ten people. A meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is part of the schedule. [Editors Note: According to DW, the U.S. was expected to give 750,000 doses of COVID vaccine to the island. Taipei had accused China of blocking it from making a deal to procure doses from a German firm, but Beijing denied the accusation.]

Source: CNA, June 5, 2021
DW: June 6, 2021