Washington DC: Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi visited Taiwan as a member of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s delegation which drew Beijing’s ire.
The Congressional delegation began its Asian tour with a stop in Hawaii for consultations with the US Indo-Pacific Command. It went to Singapore and Malaysia before going to Taiwan, and then to South Korea and Japan.
Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat who is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, met Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-Wen along with Pelosi and other members of the Congressional delegation on Wednesday in Taipei.
Sending a pointed message to Beijing, Krishnamoorthi and the members of the delegation also met with Tiananmen Square protest leader Wu’er Kaixi, exiled Hong Kong dissident Lam Wing-kei and Kelsang Gyaltsen Bawa, chairman of the Taipei-based foundation of the Dalai Lama during a visit to the National Human Rights Museum, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported.
Beijing officials have denounced the delegation’s visit as a provocation and an infringement of China’s territorial integrity because it considers Taiwan an integral part of the nation. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi had warned that “those who offend China will be punished”.
Krishnamoorthi, who represents a constituency comprising Chicago suburbs, is a hawk on China.