Taiwan has long pushed for a broad free trade deal with the US, its most important international backer and foreign arms supplier even in the absence of formal diplomatic ties.
Stephanie Murphy, a Democrat from Florida who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, told President Tsai she supported such an agreement.
She said: “One of the most important things Congress can do right now is to deepen the economic relationship with Taiwan, and in particular, by pushing for a high-quality free trade agreement between the US and Taiwan.”
President Tsai thanked the delegation for conveying strong congressional support for Taiwan just as China has been carrying out its drills, which have been scaled back but are continuing.
She added: “Taiwan will not back down.
“We will actively deepen our cooperation with democratic partners to jointly safeguard peace and stability in the region.”