Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) said that she intentionally used the term “Republic of Taiwan” in a recent tweet to show her support for the Taiwanese people.
Taiwan visit: Mace, along with four other U.S. representatives and 17 congressional staff members, visited Taiwan last week to meet with Taiwanese government officials, including President Tsai Ing-wen, defying the wishes of the Chinese government, NextShark previously reported
- The other U.S. representatives in attendance were Democratic Representatives Mark Takano (CA), Elissa Slotkin (MI), Colin Allred (TX) and Sara Jacobs (CA).
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of China (Taiwan) wrote in a press release that it believes the bipartisan visitation will allow Taiwan and the U.S. Congress to deepen their friendship.
Controversial tweet: On Nov. 25, Mace tweeted: “Just touched down in the Republic of Taiwan,” followed by the emoji of the American flag and the emoji of the Taiwanese flag.
Just touched down in the Republic of Taiwan. 🇺🇸🇹🇼 pic.twitter.com/p7HH8Iet3A
— Rep. Nancy Mace (@RepNancyMace) November 25, 2021
- Mace confirmed to CNN that the phrasing of her tweet was “100%” intentional. She said she tweeted “Republic of Taiwan” to show her solidarity with the Taiwanese people and to recognize their concerns about China.
- “We appreciate what [the Taiwanese people are] doing,” she said. “They are important to our economy and economies around the world, and we want to make sure that their democracy and freedoms are protected.”
- She told CNN that the Chinese embassy had called her and her fellow U.S. Representatives demanding that they cancel their trip to Taiwan
- The congresswoman said that many Taiwanese and Taiwanese-Americans reached out to her in appreciation, including one young woman who came up to her in tears and thanked her for her statement.
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