TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A delegation of American lawmakers is visiting Taiwan just 12 days after a visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. This angered China.
The five-member delegation, led by Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, will meet with senior leaders to discuss US-Taiwan relations, regional security, trade, investment and other issues, the American Institute in Taiwan said. This organization represents the US government, which has no official relationship with Taiwan.
China, which claims autonomous Taiwan as its territory, responded to Pelosi’s Aug. 2 visit followed by sending missiles, warships and warplanes into the seas and skies around Taiwan for several days. The Chinese government objects to Taiwan’s lack of official contact with foreign governments, particularly a high-ranking congressional leader like Pelosi.
A Taiwanese broadcaster showed video of a US government plane landing at Songshan Airport in Taiwan’s capital Taipei around 7pm on Sunday. While it was not confirmed who was on board, the American organization issued a brief statement shortly after announcing that a delegation was in Taiwan on Sunday and Monday as part of a trip to Asia.
Republican Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radwegen, Representative of American Samoa and Democratic House members John Garamendi and Alan Lowenthal of California and Don Beyer of Virginia.
Chinese warplanes continue to cross the midpoint of the Taiwan Strait daily, including at least 10 on Sunday, Taiwan’s defense ministry said, even after military exercises ended.
As of 5pm on Sunday, 10 fighter jets were among the 22 Chinese military aircraft and six navy ships spotted in the vicinity of Taiwan, the ministry said on its Twitter account.