Congressional support for Taiwan is 'extremely strong' as US lawmaker reassures ... trends now

Congressional support for Taiwan is 'extremely strong' as US lawmaker reassures ... trends now
Congressional support for Taiwan is 'extremely strong' as US lawmaker reassures ... trends now

Congressional support for Taiwan is 'extremely strong' as US lawmaker reassures ... trends now

The chairman of the US House of Representatives on China said that support for Taiwan was 'extremely strong' in a meeting with the country's newly-elected President. 

Mike Gallagher heads the five-member delegation that met with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen and Vice President Lai Ching-te yesterday.

The duo had won last month's presidential election and will take office in May.

'I actually think support for Taiwan in the United States Congress... I see growing and extremely strong support for Taiwan,' Gallagher told media. 

Gallagher, a vocal critic of China, added that he believed US support for Taiwan would be unaffected by the result of his country's 2024 presidential election.

Mike Gallagher (left) chairman of the US House of Representatives on China said US support for Taiwan was 'extremely strong'

Mike Gallagher (left) chairman of the US House of Representatives on China said US support for Taiwan was 'extremely strong' 

Gallagher, a vocal critic of China, added that he believed US support for Taiwan would be unaffected by the result of his country's 2024 presidential election

Gallagher, a vocal critic of China, added that he believed US support for Taiwan would be unaffected by the result of his country's 2024 presidential election

'I am very confident that support for Taiwan will continue regardless of who occupies the White House,' he said.

He also said any attempts made by Beijing to invade Taiwan would be 'incredibly foolish'.

'If Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party were to ever make the incredibly foolish decision to attempt an invasion of Taiwan... that effort would fail,' he said during the meeting with Lai.

Earlier, President Tsai welcomed the US lawmakers, saying the visit demonstrated 'staunch US support for Taiwan's democracy through concrete action'.

'We will continue to advance our international partnerships and engage with the world. In 2024, we hope to see even more Taiwan-US exchanges in a range of domains,' she said.

The delegation will stay until Saturday as part of a larger visit to the region, the American Institute in Taiwan, Washington's de facto embassy in Taipei said in a statement.

Accompanying Gallagher are US Representatives Raja Krishnamoorthi, John Moolenaar, Dusty Johnson, and Seth Moulton.

The delegation's visit will focus on US-Taiwan relations, regional security and trade and other issues, a statement from Gallagher's committee said.

He also said any attempts made by Beijing to invade Taiwan would be 'incredibly foolish'

He also said any attempts made by Beijing to invade Taiwan would be 'incredibly foolish' 

Earlier, President Tsai welcomed the US lawmakers, saying the visit demonstrated 'staunch US support for Taiwan's democracy through concrete action'

PREV Shocking moment building owner slashes brute with a huge katana sword after ... trends now
NEXT The IMF faces a backlash after warning Jeremy Hunt his tax cuts could push up ... trends now