Taipei. A delegation of US lawmakers is visiting Taiwan, 12 days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit. China had strongly objected to Pelosi’s visit. The US Institute on Taiwan said the five-member delegation, led by Democratic Representative Ed Markey of Massachusetts, is in Taiwan on Sunday and Monday as part of a trip to Asia.
Members of the delegation will meet with senior leaders to discuss US-Taiwan relations, regional security, trade, investment and other issues. This institution represents the US government. The US does not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. In response to Pelosi’s visit on August 2, China fired missiles and for several days warships and fighter jets hovered around Taiwan’s seas and airspace.
China considers Taiwan as its own and strongly opposes any contact with other countries. A Taiwanese broadcaster released a video of a US government plane landing at Songshan Airport in Taiwan’s capital Taipei around 7 pm. However, a brief statement from the American organization did not give details about the people on board. The delegation will be in Taiwan on Sunday and Monday as part of its Asia tour, the statement said.
Other members of the delegation are Aumua Amata Coleman Radvagen, John Garamendi, Alan Lowenthal and Don Baer. Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said Chinese warplanes were still seen moving around Taiwan’s waters even after the military exercises had concluded. At least 10 Chinese warplanes flew over the area on Sunday, the ministry said.
tags: china, Taiwan, United States of america
First Published: 14 August 2022, 21:54 IST