U.S. lawmakers arrive in Taiwan with China tensions simmering


TAIPEI/WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (Reuters) – A delegation of US lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for a two-day trip during which they will meet President Tsai Ing-wen, the second high-level group to visit amid military tensions between the self-governed island and China.

Beijing, which claims that Taiwan is democratically governed as its own territory, has held military exercises around the island to express its anger over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei in early August.

The de facto US embassy in Taipei said the delegation is led by Senator Ed Markey, who is accompanied by four House MPs from what it described as part of a larger visit to the Indo-Pacific region.

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Taiwan’s presidential office said the group would meet with Tsai on Monday morning.

“Particularly at a time when China is heightening tensions in the Taiwan Strait and the region with military exercises, Markey, who leads a delegation to visit Taiwan, is once again demonstrating the strong support of the US Congress for Taiwan,” it said in a statement. declaration.

Markey chairs the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in East Asia, the Pacific and the International Cybersecurity Committee. The co-leaders of the visit are Representative John Garamendi of the Congressional Working Group on Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control and Representative Don Beyer, a Markey spokesperson said.

Markey’s office said lawmakers will “reaffirm the United States’ support for Taiwan, as guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, US – China Joint Communiques and Six Assurances, and encourage stability and peace in the Taiwan Strait.”

The group will “meet elected leaders and members of the private sector to discuss shared interests, including easing tensions in the Taiwan Strait and expanding economic cooperation, including investment in semiconductors,” Markey’s office said.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released photos of four members of the group who were met at Songshan Airport in downtown Taipei after arriving on a US Air Force transport plane as Markey arrived at Taoyuan International Airport.

“The delegation will meet senior Taiwanese leaders to discuss US-Taiwan relations, regional security, trade and investment, global supply chains, climate change and other important issues of mutual concern,” the de facto US embassy said.

Although China’s exercises around Taiwan have declined, it still carries out military activities.

Eleven Chinese military planes crossed the centerline of the Taiwan Strait or entered Taiwan’s air defense zone on Sunday, Taiwan’s defense ministry said. read more Thirteen planes crossed the strait on Saturday, the ministry said. read more

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Reporting by Ben Blanchard and David Shepardson in Washington, Written by the Shanghai Editors; Editing by Kirsten Donovan, Nick Macfie and Grant McCool

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