Taiwan’s official Central News Agency reported Thursday that five members of the US House of Representatives are expected to arrive in Taiwan on Friday for a short visit focused on meetings with the island’s defense ministry.
The visit comes at a time when China has increased military and political pressure to assert its sovereignty over the island, sparking anger in Taipei, where the government has vowed to defend Taiwan’s independence and democracy. .
The report said the delegation will include Mark Takano, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and Colin Allred, Alyssa Slotkin, Sarah Jacobs and Nancy Mays, and will also meet with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen.
Taiwan’s foreign and defense ministries declined to comment. The actual US embassy in Taipei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The five lawmakers are currently on a Thanksgiving visit to Japan and South Korea in East Asia.
This will be the second visit of the lawmakers to Taiwan this month.
China’s military conducted a combat readiness patrol in the direction of the Taiwan Strait earlier this month after its defense ministry condemned a visit by a US congressional delegation to Taiwan, which it said arrived on a military plane. Was.
The United States, like most countries, has no official relationship with Taiwan, but is the democratically governed island’s most important international support and arms supplier, much to the wrath of Beijing.
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