Taipei, Aug. 26 (CNA) United States Senator Marsha Blackburn, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, arrived in Taiwan Thursday night for a three-day visit that will include meetings with top Taiwan government officials.
The 70-year-old senator from the Republican Party arrived in Taiwan at 11:45 p.m., landing at Taipei Songshan Airport, where she was welcomed by Douglas Hsu (徐佑典), director general of the Department of North American Affairs in Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
According to MOFA, Blackburn will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Friday and attend a banquet hosted by Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) during her stay, before departing on Aug. 27.
Blackburn's visit, the third trip to Taipei made by U.S. members of Congress this month, "demonstrated the strong support for and commitment to Taiwan," MOFA said in a press statement issued early Friday.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Senator Ed Markey led delegations to Taiwan from August 2-3 and Aug. 14-15, respectively.
Blackburn arrived in Taipei after visiting Papua New Guinea and the Pacific island states of the Solomon Islands and Fiji, where she met with top government leaders, according to her press statement.
In a tweet posted on Thursday, the senator called on the U.S. government to "deepen our relationship with the Pacific Islands and ensure their operational and physical security as well as our own" as China's influence in the region grows.