WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn has called Taiwan, where she is on a three-day visit, …
a “country” saying she is ready to support the island as it advances as an “independent nation.”
These are statements bound to irritate China — which claims sovereignty over the island considered an “inalienable” part of its territory to be reunified even by force if necessary — partly because they were made by Blackburn during her meeting in Taipei today with President Tsai Ing-wen.
The senator, a Republican from Tennesse who is on the island as the third U.S. congressional mission in August, remarked on the values of freedom and democracy shared by Taiwan and the United States: “It is important that freedom-loving nations support Taiwan. We look forward to continuing to help and support Taiwan as it advances as an independent nation.”