A group of U.S. House of Representatives members sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging the U.S to add Taiwan to the list of countries he will visit during his upcoming Asia trip.
The group includes nine representatives: Tom Tiffany, Scott Perry, Nancy Mace, Louie Gohmert, Lisa McClain, Peter Stauber, Michelle Steel, Bob Good, and Ronny Jackson.
In the letter dated May 12, which CNA obtained, the group writes, [quote] “We were pleased to learn that you will visit Japan and South Korea as part of a planned trip to Asia later this month. Given recent developments in the region, we hope you will also consider adding another stop to your itinerary: Taiwan.”
The representatives said in the letter that Biden’s visit to Taiwan was a way to demonstrate America’s ‘rock-solid’ commitment to Taiwan.
The group wrote that China had not respected its commitment to resolve its differences with Taiwan peacefully. Instead, they have repeatedly violated Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, citing Biden as characterizing their actions as threatening regional peace and stability and being coercive.
The group said in the letter that they were troubled by news reports that the administration is delaying the delivery of crucial weapons transfers to Taiwan just as Beijing is intentionally ratcheting up cross-strait tensions.
The representatives believe that Biden should visit Taiwan because “The Taiwan Travel Act (Public Law 115-135) makes it the policy of the United States to encourage high-ranking U.S. executive branch officials to visit Taiwan and meet with their counterparts.”