WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), and Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), all members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today announced their meeting with the President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen which occurred last Friday, March 31 in New York City.
“I would like to thank President Tsai for hosting me during her layover in New York last week,” Senator Ernst said. “It is critical to America’s security and prosperity that we deter China’s aggression in Asia and beyond. We know Communist China, our pacing threat, is looking toward their neighbor and key U.S. partner, Taiwan. After meeting with President Tsai, I’m even more resolved that America’s partnership with Taiwan must be strengthened—through trade, including Iowa’s agriculture products, and through enhanced military training and swift weapons transfers.”
“I was honored to lead a strong bipartisan group of U.S. Senators to meet with President Tsai and show our ongoing support for the island democracy of Taiwan,” Senator Sullivan said. “The dictators of Beijing should not determine which foreign leaders members of Congress can or cannot meet with, especially on American soil. The U.S. Senate is not the NBA. It doesn’t do the Chinese Communist Party’s bidding. While the CCP wants the world to believe that Taiwan is isolated, nothing could be further from the truth.”
“Taiwan is an important partner and it was an honor to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen to discuss our countries’ shared security and economic priorities, including the significant investment that the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has made to bring manufacturing to Arizona,” Senator Kelly said.
The meeting was first reported in the Wall Street Journal. You can read the full article here.