Amid rising global tensions and threats, particularly from the Chinese Communist Party, U.S. Representative Ashley Hinson (R-IA) and two GOP representatives from her home state reaffirmed their support for Taiwan, which shares sister cities with Iowa and remains an important agricultural product. market for pork, beef, corn and soybeans.
“Members of Congress are well aware that there are parallels between escalating Russian-Ukrainian tensions and China’s growing threat to Taiwan,” wrote Rep. Hinson and her fellow U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller- Meeks (R-IA) and Randy Feenstra (R-IA) in a Feb. 10 letter sent to Taiwan Ambassador Bi-khim Hsiao. “We want to assure you that our priority to protect Taiwan remains intact and that our commitment to promoting Taiwan’s sovereignty only grows stronger in light of current events.”
Rep. Hinson and members stressed that international diplomacy is at a pivotal moment in whether the next century will be defined by shared ideals of freedom and democracy or shadowed by authoritarian dictators.
“Let’s be clear: Posturing by bad actors, like Russia and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), will not deter our unwavering support for Taiwan and democracy around the world,” they wrote. “We are not afraid of the CCP, and we will continue to fight against the CCP’s evil actions and policies that stifle its growing influence.”
Lawmakers noted that the United States needs to reduce its trade dependence on China and instead emphasize relationships with trusted partners, such as Taiwan. “We support Taiwan’s efforts for peace and self-determination,” they wrote.