During a recent Indo-pacific tour, U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) and Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) visited Taiwan to reassert their support for Taiwan’s sovereignty and to address supposed concerns with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Tensions between China and the U.S. are continually rising, exacerbated by Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

For months, several “spy balloons” owned and operated by China were shot down by U.S. forces, further escalating tensions.

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Rogers, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, was joined by Palmer and other members of a congressional delegation (CODEL) toured Hawaii, Guam, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan.

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In this photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, center, poses for photos with members of a visiting Congressional delegation in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, June 28, 2023. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)

According to a release from the CODEL, members met with senior state officials in each country to address ways to "deter aggression by the CCP."

"The national security threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party is the most pressing challenge facing our nation, as well as our allies and partners," the release read. "On this CODEL, we heard from military and civilian leaders for the U.S., the Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan on what is being done to deter aggression by the CCP and boost defenses for the U.S., allies and partners in the face of that challenge."

"The critical nature of U.S. support is also apparent in Taiwan. We relayed to President Tsai that U.S. support for Taiwan is unwavering and we will do all we can to ensure Taiwan gets the assistance it needs. This CODEL reaffirmed the crucial role the National Defense Authorization Act plays in deterring the CCP's aggression. We are proud of the bipartisan work happening in Congress to support our national defense."

Rogers has long supported Taiwan as it struggles for independence from China and has even suggested the U.S. supply Taiwan with military arms.

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Additionally, the U.S. House of Representatives formed a select committee to analyze strategic competition between the U.S. 

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