US lawmakers visit Taiwan, plan to meet with top leaders

Five US lawmakers in Taiwan on surprise one-day visit, says American Institute in Taiwan, de facto embassy

Lawmakers from the US House of Representatives arrived in Taiwan Thursday evening and will meet with top leaders on the island. No further details were provided about the itinerary.

“Just landed in the Republic of Taiwan,” Republican Representative Nancy Mays of South Carolina wrote on Twitter Thursday evening, using the island’s unofficial name.

Cast: Mark Takano, D-California, Elisa Slotkin, D-Mitch, Colin Allred, D-Texas, Sarah Jacobs, D-California. The Mace are part of the visiting delegation.

The trip comes just weeks after a group of six Republican lawmakers visited the island. The congressional delegation met with President Tsai Ing-wen, Secretary General of National Security Wellington Koe, and Secretary of State Joseph Wu, among others.

It is the third visit of US lawmakers this year. In June, three members of Congress traveled to Taiwan to donate much-needed vaccines at a time when the island was struggling to get enough.

The Biden administration also invited Taiwan to a summit for democracy next month, a move that drew sharp rebuke from China.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Wednesday: “What the United States has done proves that the so-called democracy is only a pretext and a tool for it to achieve its geopolitical goals, oppress other countries, divide the world, serve its own interests and maintain hegemony in the world.”

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