US lawmakers arrive in Taiwan as tensions with China simmer

TAIPEI/WASHINGTON, Aug 14 (Reuters) – A delegation of U.S. lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for a two-day trip to meet President Tsai Ing-wen, the second high-level group to visit as he There are military tensions between the self-governing island and China.

Beijing, which claims democratically-ruled Taiwan as its own territory, has conducted military exercises around the island to express its anger over the visit of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taipei in early August.

The de facto US Embassy in Taipei said the delegation was led by Sen. Ed Markey, who is accompanied by four House lawmakers for what it describes 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.

“Especially at a time when China is increasing tensions in the Taiwan Strait and the region with military exercises, Markey leading a delegation to Taiwan once again demonstrates the strong support of the United States Congress for Taiwan. “, he said in a statement.

Markey chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity. Co-leaders of the visit are Representative John Garamendi of the Congressional Task Force on Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control and Representative Don Beyer, a spokesman for Markey said.

Markey’s office said lawmakers “will reaffirm U.S. support for Taiwan in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act, the U.S.-China Joint Statements, and Six Assurances, and promote stability and peace in the Taiwan Strait”.

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

The Taiwanese Foreign Ministry released photos of four of the group members they met at Songshan Airport in downtown Taipei, arriving on a US Air Force transport plane, while Markey arrived at Taoyuan International Airport.

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

While China’s exercises around Taiwan have diminished, it is still carrying out military activities.

Eleven Chinese military aircraft crossed the middle line of the Taiwan Strait or entered the Taiwan Air Defense Zone on Sunday, the Taiwanese 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, Writing by Shanghai Newsroom; Editing by Kirsten Donovan, Nick Macfie and Grant McCool

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