US lawmakers arrive in Taiwan after Pelosi’s visit

A US Congressional delegation led by Rep. Ed Markey arrived in Taiwan on Sunday — less than two weeks after China held a series of military drills in retaliation for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island .

The five lawmakers are expected to meet President Tsai Ing-wen during her two-day visit to the island amid heightened ties between Beijing and Washington over Pelosi’s visit and China’s aggressive stance in the region.

China believes self-governing Taiwan is part of its sovereignty and has proposed reuniting the island — by force if necessary.

Markey (D-Mass.) and the congressional contingent will also meet senior Taiwanese leaders to discuss regional security, trade, investment and Taipei-Washington relations.

Nancy Pelosi.
In retaliation for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, China held a series of military drills.
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“Especially at a time when China is raising tensions across the Taiwan Strait and the region with military exercises, Markey, who leads a delegation visiting Taiwan, once again demonstrates the United States Congress’ firm support for Taiwan,” Taiwan’s presidential office said in a statement.

Media in Taiwan showed a US plane landing at Songshan Airport in Taipei around 7 p.m. local time.

China extended military drills and sanctioned Pelosi and her immediate family for the California Democrat’s 19-hour stay in Taiwan earlier this month.

She was the first senior elected official to visit the island since then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich 25 years ago.

With postal wires US lawmakers arrive in Taiwan after Pelosi’s visit


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