Representative Jacobs joins Congressional trip to Taiwan amid rising tensions with China

Representative Sarah Jacobs serves a Thanksgiving lunch for troops at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, before heading to Taiwan. Image courtesy of their staff

re come back. Sarah Jacobs From San Diego, four other members of the House of Representatives arrived in Taiwan Thursday for a short trip focusing on meetings with the island’s Defense Department.

The visit comes as China has ramped up military and political pressure to assert its sovereignty claims on the island, sparking anger in Taipei as the government vowed to defend Taiwan’s freedom and democracy.

The de facto US embassy in Taiwan said the delegation consisted of Jacobs and Mark Takano of Riverside, Colin Allred of Texas, Elisa Slotkin of Michigan and Nancy Mays of South Carolina. She added that they are scheduled to leave on Friday.

“The Congressional delegation will meet with Taiwan’s top leaders to discuss US-Taiwan relations, regional security and other important issues of common concern,” she added.

Taiwan’s official Central News Agency said earlier that the trip is expected to focus on meetings with defense officials as well as with President Tsai Ing-wen.

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