Republican North Dakota Senator Hoeven met with Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwanese agency CNA reported.
In the meeting, Senator Hoeven stated that they are concerned about China’s increasing military threats and pressures against the Island in the recent period, and that Taiwan will work to speed up the delivery of weapons systems it buys from the United States.
Expressing that the United States will continue to support Taiwan to ensure its self-defense capacity, Hoeven said, “It is of great importance that we stand shoulder to shoulder and provide deterrence for the preservation of peace and prosperity.” said.
The Committee, of which Hoeven is a member, has final approval authority for delivery in defense industry sales from the USA.
The $21 billion defense purchase that the US has agreed to sell to Taiwan is still awaiting Congressional approval.
Washington’s arms sales to Taiwan are causing a reaction from China, which sees the Island as part of its territory. The Beijing administration had previously sanctioned US defense companies such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Boeing Defense due to arms sales.
Taiwan has enjoyed de facto independence since 1949, when the People’s Republic of China was founded. The separation that emerged after the civil war between mainland China and Taiwan still continues.
Beijing, emphasizing the principle of “One China”, opposes Taiwan’s establishing independent diplomatic relations with the countries of the world, its representation in the United Nations and other international organizations, and stipulates that the countries that recognize it should break diplomatic relations with Taiwan.