TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A delegation of US lawmakers visits Taiwan just 12 days after a visit from US house speaker Nancy Pelosi that made China angry.
The five-member delegation, led by Democratic Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, will meet with senior leaders to discuss US-Taiwan relations, regional security, trade, investment and other issues, according to the American Institute in Taiwan. The institute represents the US government, which has no official ties to Taiwan.
China, which claims self-governing Taiwan as its territory, responded to Pelosi’s visit on Aug. 2 by sending missiles, warships and warplanes into the seas and skies around Taiwan for several days afterwards. The Chinese government has objected to Taiwan having official contact with foreign governments, especially with a high-ranking congressional leader like Pelosi.
A Taiwanese broadcaster showed video of a US government plane landing at Songshan Airport in Taipei, the Taiwanese capital, about 7 p.m. on Sunday. While it has not been confirmed who was on board, the American Institute issued a brief statement shortly after the announcement that the delegation would be in Taiwan on Sunday and Monday as part of a trip to Asia.
The other members of the delegation are Republican Representative Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen, a delegate from American Samoa, and Democratic House Members John Garamendi and Alan Lowenthal of California and Don Beyer of Virginia.
Chinese warplanes have crossed the center of the Taiwan Strait daily, even after military exercises ended, with at least 10 doing so on Sunday, Taiwan’s defense ministry said.
The 10 fighter jets were among 22 Chinese military aircraft and six naval vessels detected in the Taiwan area at 5 p.m. Sunday, the ministry said on its Twitter account.