China Sends Out Fighter Jets In Latest Taunt

( On Monday, four Chinese aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait just hours after a US delegation led by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb met with Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen, according to Taiwan’s defense ministry.

Governor Holcomb landed in Taiwan Sunday for an “economic development trip,” making him the first US governor to visit Taiwan in 17 years and the third US delegation to visit Taiwan this month.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a delegation to Taiwan in early August. Her trip was followed by a delegation of Democrats led by Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey two weeks later.

Governor Holcomb, who also met with representatives of the semiconductor industry, said the trip was purely focused on economic exchange.

The governor’s Indiana delegation included Purdue University’s dean of engineering. Purdue recently began its own semiconductors degree program.

Taiwan is considered the semiconductor capital of the world.

But as it does every time a US delegation visits Taiwan, Beijing let its feelings known by sending warplanes over the median line of the Strait.

The median line serves as an unofficial buffer in the Taiwan Strait between China and Taiwan. The planes did not cross into Taiwan airspace.

In addition to sending warplanes toward Taiwan, the Chinese also sent warships into the Strait.

During her joint press conference with Governor Holcomb, President Tsai condemned China’s actions, adding that as Taiwan is confronted by China’s military threats, it was important for “democratic allies” to “stand together and boost cooperation in all areas.”

Holcomb said in the press conference that Indiana is home to ten businesses from Taiwan and explained that he and his delegation were there to discuss the latest developments in the chip industry.

Also in the delegation were Indiana’s Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers and officials from Indiana’s Economic Development Corporation.

Holcomb’s trip also includes a visit to South Korea.